PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 12, 2012) – Rutgers senior defensive tackle Scott Vallone (Central Islip, N.Y.) has accepted an invitation to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be played Saturday, January 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. with live television coverage on NFL Network.
Vallone is the 15th Scarlet Knight to play in the post-season all-star game. Last year, current Tampa Bay Buccaneer offensive lineman Desmond Wynn played in the game.
A 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team selection, Vallone set a career-best with 12.5 tackles-for-loss amongst 50 total tackles. He will make his 51st consecutive start in the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl, the longest active streak for any defensive tackle in the nation.
For the past 87 years, the East-West Shrine Game has proven to be the launching pad for numerous NFL players. Tom Brady, John Elway, Eddie George, Greg Jennings, Brett Favre and numerous other future stars all showcased their talents in this game. A total of 69 former East-West Shrine Game players are in the NFL Hall of Fame.
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.
For more information about the East-West Shrine Game, please visit www.shrinegame.com.