CWU's Bronson invited to East-West Shrine GamePosted: Updated:
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Dec. 11) -- Central Washington University senior tight end Jared Bronson has been selected to play in the 84th Annual East-West Shrine Game in Houston, Texas, on January 17, 2009.
Bronson, who earned first team all-conference honors for the second consecutive season and was also a Daktronics, Inc. Division II second-team All-American, will become just the second player in CWU history to participate in the senior all-star game. L.G. Carmody, a CWU Athletics Hall-of-Famer, played in the game in 1947. Tom Parry, the winningest football coach in school history, also played in the East-West Shrine Game while representing Washington State College in 1948.
Bronson had a standout senior campaign for the Wildcats despite missing nearly five full games due to injury. He ranked second on the team in receiving yards (502) and receiving touchdowns (6) while ranking fourth in pass receptions (28). He saved his best collegiate game for last, when he corralled a career-high eight receptions for 169 yards in Central Washington's 49-42 loss at West Texas A&M in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Division II playoffs. Over the course of his two campaigns in a Wildcat uniform, Bronson helped CWU to a 20-5 record and consecutive NCAA Division II postseason appearances.
The East-West Shrine Game, which has predominantly been comprised of NCAA Division I seniors over the course of its recent history, is a prime opportunity for college seniors to showcase their talents for National Football League scouts. Over 300 representatives from all 32 NFL teams will be present in Houston during the week of the game.
According to the Shrine Game web site (www.shrinegame.com), the East-West Shrine Game has been played every year since 1925 to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children and to raise awareness about the expert orthopaedic, burn, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, and cleft lip and palate care, available at no charge to patients and families, through the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children. All proceeds from the East-West Shrine Game go to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.