Jan. 11, 2012
Complete Rosters -- 2012 East-West Shrine Game.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern senior quarterback Dan Persa (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and senior offensive tackle Al Netter (Rohnert Park, Calif./Cardinal Newman) each have accepted invitations to represent the West in the 87th East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will kick off at 3 p.m. CT and be televised live on the NFL Network.
Since 1925, the East-West Shrine game has been a showcase of the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. It is college football's longest-running all-star game.
"The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football's best," said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson. "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."
A two-time All-Big Ten selection at quarterback, Persa finished his Northwestern career as the NCAA all-time leader in completion percentage (72.4) and is coming off a year in which he led all Big Ten passers in yards per game (237.6). Persa also is Northwestern's career leader in passer efficiency rating with a figure of 155.0, which ranks third in the history of Big Ten quarterbacks.
Netter started all 52 games of his Wildcat career at left tackle and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades each of his final three seasons. Like Persa, Netter was a two-year Northwestern team captain and also excelled off the field, earning appointment to the 2011 Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team® last fall.
Northwestern's last representative in the East-West Shrine Game was Persa's predecessor at quarterback, Mike Kafka in 2009. Kafka led his side to a come-from-behind 13-10 win and received Offensive Player of the Game honors for his performance.
For more information on the 2012 East-West Shrine Game, visit ShrineGame.com
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