The all-star game pits Team USA, consisting of college seniors from around the United States against Team Florida, composed of athletes who either played college football in Florida or attended high school in the Sunshine State. The game will be played on Saturday, January 26th at 2 p.m. (EST) at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. Pacific West Radio Sports will also carry the game nationally on its network.
Tiger players issued invitations for play for Team USA include quarterback Woody Danzler and running back Travis Zachery; while strong safety Charles Hafley received an invitation to play for Team Florida.
Classic alumni have included NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper of the Minnesota Vikings and 2000 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Mike Anderson of the Denver Broncos. Other participants have included rising NFL stars Ron Dixon (New York Giants), Darren Howard (New Orleans), Brad Meester (Jacksonville) and Erron Kinney (Tenessee).
Former NFL Head Coaches lead the Rotary Gridiron Classic teams, providing valuable insight and instruction to the players as they begin their professional careers. Their guidance plays a key part in the week of activities and practices, helping the players with the transition to the NFL. Past Rotary Gridiron Classic head coaches have included Lindy Infante (Green Bay/Indianapolis), Wayne Fontes (Detroit), Chuck Noll (Pittsburgh) and Buddy Ryan (Philadelphia/Arizona).
3 Tigers Receive invitation to Gridiron Classic
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