Glenville State's Mark Jackson was extended an invitation to take part in the 87th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be held Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off at 3 p.m. CT and televised live on the NFL Network.
Jackson, a Columbus, OH native, was a three year starter for the Pioneers. In 2012 he was a team captain, voted Team MVP and was a first team All-WVIAC honoree for the third year in a row. Also, Jackson was a first-team All-American by the AFCA Coaches and garnered second-team honors by the Beyond Sports Network.
An elite group of current and former NFL players participated in the Shrine Game, including greats such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and 62 Hall of Famers. A total of 52 current NFL players have played in the East-West Shrine Game.
"The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football's best," said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson. "With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL … `Just Like on Sunday.'"
While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children®, an international pediatric specialty health care system.
"We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game," said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children."