The 2017 East-West Shrine Game kicks off at 2 p.m. CT at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL, today. Northwestern receiver and Biletnikoff Award finalist Austin Carr is one of the many NFL hopefuls participating in the game.
Carr, who is coming off an incredible 90-catch, 1247 yard, 12 touchdown season, will be playing for the West team, whose full roster you can find here. Earlier today, Carr posted a photo on his Instagram detailing the journey he’s made in exactly one year from donating blood stem cells to playing in this prestigious game.
The game, which has been around since 1925, benefits Shriners Hospital for Children. Every year, the players and coaches visit the local hospital and meet some of the children during the week leading up to the game.
More than 70 players from last year’s game made NFL rosters. Throughout history, some of football’s greatest players have participated in the Shrine game, including Gale Sayers, Tom Brady, John Elway, Allan Page, Dick Butkus, Brett Favre, Gino Marchetti and Walter Payton.