PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 13, 2012) – Rutgers senior tight end D.C. Jefferson (Winter Haven, Fla.) 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.
Jefferson is the 16th 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. Jefferson joins fellow senior Scott Vallone (Central Islip, N.Y.) as a Shrine Game participant this season.
A mainstay at tight end for Rutgers, Jefferson has appeared in 49 career games with 42 starts during that stretch. As a senior this season, he has made 18 receptions for 155 yards and one touchdown. An imposing 6-6, 250-pound figure, Jefferson has totaled 45 catches for 547 yards and two scores. Jefferson began his RU career at quarterback before switching to tight end during preseason camp in 2009.
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.
Those who would like to support Jefferson and Vallone and the East-West Shrine Game can do the following:
- Attend the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg January 19
- Tune in to NFL Network on Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. to watch the live broadcast
- Join the free East-West Shrine Game Fan Club online at www.shrinegame.com for player and coach updates, game news, discounts and more
For more information about the East-West Shrine Game, please visit www.shrinegame.com.