Jan. 5, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Cornerback Sherrick McManis has joined quarterback Mike Kafka on the East squad for the 85th East-West Shrine Game, benefiting Shriners Hospitals for
Children, on at 2 p.m. CT Jan. 23, 2010, in Orlando, Fla. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Kafka and McManis were invited to the game on the heels of Northwestern's 8-5 season in 2009, capped by a trip to the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day. Kafka broke Bowl records for pass completions, attempts and yardage in the game while McManis recorded his fifth interception of the season to go along with a fumble recovery.
Tyrell Sutton played in the East-West game last year, and this season will mark the first time for multiple Wildcats appearing in the contest since Brett Basanez, Barry Cofield and Tim McGarigle played in 2006.
"The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football's best," said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Jack Hart. "With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL ... `Just Like on Sunday.'"
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.
"We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game," said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events -- all proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children."
Those who would like to support Kafka and McManis and the East-West Shrine Game can do the following:
o Attend the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando on Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. EST
o Tune in to ESPN2 on Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. EST to watch the live broadcast
o 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.