BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana tight end Ted Bolser has accepted an invitation to play in the 89th East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kickoff is schedule for 4 p.m. EST and the NFL Network will televise the game.
A 2013 John Mackey Award semifinalist, Bolser set IU tight end records with 117 receptions, 1,337 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career. He became the 20th Hoosier to record 100 catches and 1,000 yards.
Bolser, a Cincinnati native, finished the 2013 campaign with 35 receptions for 320 yards with six scores. His six TDs shared fifth among tight ends nationally.
The East-West Shrine Game is the longest running college all-star game in the country. A staple in college football since 1925, the game has consistently proven to be a launch pad for players seeking professional careers in the NFL. More than 100 players from the 88th East-West Shrine Game signed with professional football teams in 2013. On average, more than 275 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL rosters each year.
Since the very first players secured their helmets and laced up their cleats in San Francisco's Ewing Field nearly 90 years ago at the very first East-West Shrine Game, 71 former East-West Shrine Game alumni have been honored with induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and more than 200 into the College Football Hall of Fame. Many of the NFL's most recognized and decorated athletes, including Tom Brady, Brett Favre and John Elway, all started on the East-West gridiron.