|East-West Shrine Bowl|
|Previous stadiums||Kezar Stadium (1925-1941, 1943-1968, 1971-1973)|
Stanford Stadium (1969, 1974-2000)
Tulane Stadium (1942)
Oakland Coliseum (1970)
AT&T Park (2001-2005)
Reliant Stadium (2007)
Robertson Stadium (2008-2009)
Orlando Citrus Bowl (2010-2011)
Tropicana Field (2012-2019)
|Previous locations||San Francisco, California (1925-1941, 1943-1968, 1971-1973, 2001-2005)|
New Orleans, Louisiana (1942)
Stanford, California (1969, 1974-2000)
Oakland, California (1971)
San Antonio, Texas (2006)
Houston, Texas (2007-2009)
Orlando, Florida (2010-2011)
St. Petersburg, Florida (2012-2019)
East-West Shrine Game (1925-2019)
|East vs. West (East 31-27)|
|Cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns|
The East-West Shrine Bowl is a postseason college football all-star game that has been played annually since 1925; through the January 2019 playing, it was known as the East-West Shrine Game. The game is sponsored by the fraternal group Shriners International, and the net proceeds are earmarked to some of the Shrine's charitable works, most notably the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The game's slogan is "Strong Legs Run That Weak Legs May Walk".
Teams consist of players from colleges in the Eastern United States vs. the Western United States. Players must be college seniors who are eligible to play for their schools. The game and the practice sessions leading up to it attract dozens of scouts from professional teams. Since 1985, Canadian players playing in Canadian university football have also been invited (even though U Sports and the NCAA play by different football codes). As such, this is the only current bowl or all-star game in either the Canadian or American college football schedules to include players from both Canadian and American universities.
Since 1979, the game has been played in January, and has been played on January 10 or later since 1986. The later game dates allow players from teams whose schools were involved in bowl games to participate, which is important, as these teams often have some of the very best players.
For most of its history, the game was played in the San Francisco Bay Area, usually at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium or Stanford Stadium at Stanford University, with Pacific Bell Park/SBC Park (now Oracle Park) as a host in its final years in Northern California. For more than half of the games played in the Bay Area, entertainment was provided by the marching band from Santa Cruz High School.
In January 1942, the game was played in New Orleans, due to the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This one-year relocation was based upon fears that playing the game on the west coast could make the contest and the stadium a potential target for an additional attack. The game, originally planned for January 1 in San Francisco, was played on January 3 at Tulane Stadium, two days after the 1942 Sugar Bowl was held there.
In 2006, the game moved to Texas, leaving the San Francisco Bay area for the first time since 1942, and was played at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The growth of cable television meant NFL scouts could now view players around the country, making postseason all-star games less important. Even so, the game's organizers relaxed efforts towards attracting top players to the game, meaning many of college football's best players went to the Senior Bowl instead. In 2007, the game relocated to Houston and was played at Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL's Houston Texans, to be closer to one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children; Texas has two Shriner's hospitals, one in Houston and the other in Galveston. The 2008 and 2009 games were held at Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston.
In 2010, the game moved to Florida, and was held at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Television coverage moved from ESPN/ESPN2 to the NFL Network, starting with the 2011 game. After two years in Orlando, the 2012 game was held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg; it was the sixth different venue (in five cities and three states) in a span of eight contests.
Starting with the January 2017 game, the NFL now supplies coaching staffs for the game, drawing from assistant coaches of teams who did not advance to the NFL postseason, and the game is now officiated by NFL officials. The game is played under NFL rules, with some restrictions, such as no motion or shifts by the offense, and no stunts or blitzes by the defense. Prior to the January 2020 playing, organizers renamed the game from East-West Shrine Game to East-West Shrine Bowl.
In July 2021, it was announced that Allegiant Stadium will host the East-West Shrine Bowl on February 3, 2022; the game will be held as part of festivities for the 2022 Pro Bowl being held there the following Sunday.
The game first named a Most Valuable Player for the January 1945 playing (Bob Waterfield, UCLA quarterback), and named a single MVP through the December 1952 game. Starting with the January 1954 game, two MVPs are selected for each game; they receive the William H. Coffman Award for Most Outstanding Offensive Player, and the E. Jack Spaulding Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Coffman was managing director of the game for 40 years, while Spaulding was one of the organizers of the inaugural playing of the game. MVPs starting with the January 2000 game are listed below; a complete list is provided on the official website.
|Year||Offensive MVP||College||Position||Defensive MVP||College||Position|
|2000||Marcus Knight||Michigan||WR||Erik Flowers||Arizona State||DE|
|2001||Steve Smith||Utah||WR||Leo Barnes||Southern Mississippi||DB|
|2002||Deonce Whitaker||San Jose State||RB||Everick Rawls||Texas||LB|
|2003||Donald Lee||Mississippi State||TE||Tully Banta-Cain||Cal||DE|
|2004||Ryan Dinwiddie||Boise State||QB||Brandon Chillar||UCLA||LB|
|2005||Stefan LeFors||Louisville||QB||Alex Green||Duke||S|
|2006||Reggie McNeal||Texas A&M||QB||James Wyche||Syracuse||DE|
|2007||Jeff Rowe||Nevada||QB||Dan Bazuin||Central Michigan||DE|
|2008||Josh Johnson||San Diego||QB||Spencer Larsen||Arizona||LB|
|2009||Marlon Lucky||Nebraska||RB||Michael Tauiliili||Duke||LB|
|2010||Mike Kafka||Northwestern||QB||O'Brien Schofield||Wisconsin||DE|
|2011||Delone Carter||Syracuse||RB||Martin Parker||Richmond||DT|
|2012||Lennon Creer||Louisiana Tech||RB||Nick Sukay||Penn State||CB|
|2013||Chad Bumphis||Mississippi State||WR||Nigel Malone||Kansas State||CB|
|2014||Jimmy Garoppolo||Eastern Illinois||QB||Ethan Westbrooks||West Texas A&M||DE|
|2015||Marvin Kloss||South Florida||K||Za'Darius Smith||Kentucky||DE|
|2016||Vernon Adams||Oregon||QB||Michael Caputo||Wisconsin||S|
|2017||Elijah McGuire||Louisiana-Lafayette||RB||Trey Hendrickson||Florida Atlantic||DE|
|2018||Daurice Fountain||Northern Iowa||WR||Natrell Jamerson||Wisconsin||S|
|2019||Terry Godwin||Georgia||WR||Justin Hollins||Oregon||LB|
|2020||Benny LeMay||Charlotte||RB||Luther Kirk||Illinois State||S|
Although the game is an American football competition, players of Canadian university football, contested under Canadian football rules, have been invited every year since 1985, when Calgary Dinos offensive lineman Tom Spoletini played. Usually, Canadian players on the West team come from Canada West schools, while Canadian players on the East team are from the other three Canadian conferences (Ontario University Athletics, Atlantic University Sport, and Quebec Student Sport Federation). One exception was Sean McEwen of the Calgary Dinos (a Canada West school), who played on the East squad in the 2016 game.
The only Canadian team that competes under American football rules is the Simon Fraser Clan, which was in the NAIA from 1965 to 2001, then spent several seasons in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, and joined NCAA Division II in 2010. To date, the only Simon Fraser player to be invited to the game is Ibrahim Khan, who played in 2004. Through the 2020 game, the Calgary Dinos have had the most invitees, with 13.
|Canadian invitees to the East-West Shrine Bowl|
|Year||West team||East team|
|1985||Tom Spoletini (OL, Calgary Dinos)||(none)|
|1986||Kent Warnock (DE, Calgary Dinos)||Mike Schad (OT, Queen's Gaels)|
|1987||Leo Groenewegen (OT, UBC Thunderbirds)||Louie Godry (OL, Guelph Gryphons)|
|1988||Craig Watson (OL, Calgary Dinos)||Pierre Vercheval (OL, Western Mustangs)|
|1989||Brent Korte (DE, Alberta Golden Bears)||Leroy Blugh (LB, Bishop's Gaiters)|
|1990||Mark Singer (LB, Alberta Golden Bears)||Chris Gioskos (OL, Ottawa Gee-Gees)|
|1991||Mike Pavelec (OL, Calgary Dinos)||Paul Vajda (OL, Concordia Stingers)|
|1992||Jason Rauhaus (DE, Manitoba Bisons)||Chris Morris (OL, Toronto Varsity Blues)|
|1993||Chris Konrad (DE, Calgary Dinos)||Mike O'Shea (LB, Guelph Gryphons)|
|1994||Travis Serke (OT, Saskatchewan Huskies)||Val St. Germain (OG, McGill Redmen)|
|1995||Rohn Meyer (OG, Calgary Dinos)||Matthieu Quiviger (OT, McGill Redmen)|
|1996||Don Blair (WR, Calgary Dinos)||Harry Van Hofwegen (DT, Carleton Ravens)|
|1997||Ben Fairbrother (OL, Calgary Dinos)||Mark Farraway (DL, St. Francis Xavier X-Men)|
|1998||Bob Beveridge (OL, UBC Thunderbirds)||Dave Miller-Johnston (P/K, Concordia Stingers)|
|1999||Scott Flory (OT, Saskatchewan Huskies)||Cameron Legault (DT, Carleton Ravens)|
|2000||Kevin Lefsrud (OT, Saskatchewan Huskies)||Kojo Millington (DE, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks)|
|2001||Carlo Panaro (OL, Alberta Golden Bears)||Randy Chevrier (DL, McGill Redmen)|
|2002||Jason Clermont (IR, Regina Rams)||Kojo Aidoo (RB, McMaster Marauders)|
|2003||Israel Idonije (DT, Manitoba Bisons)||Adam MacDonald (LB, St. Francis Xavier X-Men)|
|2004||Ibrahim Khan (OL, Simon Fraser Clan football)||Carl Gourgues (OL, Laval Rouge et Or)|
|2005||Nick Johansson (DT, UBC Thunderbirds)||Jesse Lumsden (RB, McMaster Marauders)|
|2006||Daniel Federkeil (DE, Calgary Dinos)||Andy Fantuz (WR, Western Mustangs)|
|2007||Jordan Rempel (OL, Saskatchewan Huskies)||Chris Best (OL, Waterloo Warriors)|
|2008||Dylan Barker (S, Saskatchewan Huskies)
Brendon LaBatte (OG, Regina Rams)
|Samuel Giguère (WR, Sherbrooke Vert et Or)|
Eric Maranda (LB, Laval Rouge et Or)
|2009||Simeon Rottier (OT, Alberta Golden Bears)||Etienne Légaré (DT, Laval Rouge et Or)|
|2010||Jordan Sisco (WR/SB, Regina Rams)||Matt Morencie (C, Windsor Lancers)|
|2011||Anthony Parker (SB, Calgary Dinos)||Matt O'Donnell (OT, Queen's Gaels)|
|2012||Ben Heenan (OT, Saskatchewan Huskies)
Akiem Hicks (DE, Regina Rams)
|Arnaud Gascon-Nadon (DE, Laval Rouge et Or)|
|2013||Kirby Fabien (OL, Calgary Dinos)||Matt Sewell (OT, McMaster Marauders)|
|2014||Evan Gill (DL, Manitoba Bisons)||Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (OT, McGill Redmen)|
|2015||Addison Richards (WR, Regina Rams)||Daryl Waud (DL, Western Mustangs)|
|2016||David Onyemata (DE, Manitoba Bisons)||Sean McEwen, (OL, Calgary Dinos)|
Charles Vaillancourt (OL, Laval Rouge et Or)
|2017||Geoff Gray (OG, Manitoba Bisons)||Antony Auclair (TE, Laval Rouge et Or)|
|2018||Mark Korte (OL, Alberta Golden Bears)||Regis Cibasu (WR, Montreal Carabins)|
|2019||Joel Van Pelt (DT, Calgary Dinos)||Mathieu Betts (DE, Laval Rouge et Or)|
|2020||Carter O'Donnell (OT, Alberta Golden Bears)
Marc-Antoine Dequoy (S, Montreal Carabins)
A hall of fame was established in 2002, with additional former players being added each year. Through 2020 inductees, there are currently 61 members of the hall of fame.
|Year||Qty||Inductees (Game no. played in)|
|2002||6||Dick Butkus (No. 40), Gerald Ford (No. 10), Eddie LeBaron (No. 25), Ollie Matson (No. 27), Volney Peters (No. 26), Dick Stanfel (No. 26)|
|2003||6||Hugh McElhenny (No. 28), Craig Morton (No. 40), Merlin Olsen (No. 37), Alan Page (No. 42), Leslie Richter (No. 27), Gene Washington (No. 44)|
|2004||5||Chris Burford (No. 35), Mike Garrett (No. 41), Gino Marchetti (No. 27), Tom Matte (No. 36), Ed White (No. 44)|
|2005||1||Pat Tillman (No. 73)|
|2006||4||Raymond Berry (No. 30), Joe Greene (No. 44), Mike Haynes (No. 51), Bob Lilly (No. 36)|
|2007||4||Joe DeLamielleure (No. 48), Gale Sayers (No. 40), Paul Warfield (No. 39), Randy White (No. 50)|
|2008||6||Dave Butz (No. 48), Carl Eller (No. 39), Forrest Gregg (No. 31), E.J. Holub (No. 36), Lenny Moore (No. 31), Larry Wilson (No. 35)|
|2009||4||Jerry Kramer (No. 33), Charley Taylor (No. 39), Brad Van Pelt (No. 48), Doug Williams (No. 53)|
|2010||4||Larry Csonka (No. 43), James Groh (No. 21), Jim Walden (No. 35), Kellen Winslow (No. 54)|
|2011||2||Buck Belue (No. 57), Tom Flick (No. 56)|
|2012||2||Martín Gramática (No. 74), Joey Harrington (No. 77)|
|2013||2||Buddy Curry (No. 55), Steve Bartkowski (No. 50)|
|2014||2||Tony Berti (No. 70), Steve Atwater (No. 64)|
|2015||2||Tommie Frazier (No. 71), Jim Hanifan (No. 30)|
|2016||2||Rickey Jackson (No. 56), Chris Chandler (No. 63)|
|2017||2||Robert Porcher (No. 67), Mark Rypien (No. 61)|
|2018||3||Brett Favre (No. 66), Willie Roaf (No. 68), Gary Huff (No. 48)|
|2019||2||Troy Vincent (No. 67), Barry Smith (No. 48)|
|2020||2||Will Shields (No. 68), Dan Pastorini (No. 46)|
Inductees range from having played in game No. 10 (January 1935) to game No. 77 (January 2002), with game No. 48 (December 1972) having the most players honored with five.
Game organizers initiated a Pat Tillman Award in 2005, the year that Tillman was posthumously inducted to the game's hall of fame, to recognize "a player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service".
|2007||Kyle Shotwell||LB||Cal Poly|
|2008||Justin Tryon||DB||Arizona State|
|2010||Mike McLaughlin||LB||Boston College|
|2017||Weston Steelhammer||S||Air Force|
|2018||J. T. Barrett||QB||Ohio State|
Several people have participated in the game first as a player and subsequently as a head coach.
|Person||As player||As coach|
|Jim Walden||1960||Wyoming||1985||Washington State|
|Joe Tiller||1963||Montana State||2005||Purdue|