Jan. 22, 2010
Eighty-five years of pride, passion and philanthropy converge in Orlando on Saturday when the Asset Protect East-West Shrine Game kicks off at 3 p.m. Eastern time at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
ESPN2 will air the live television broadcast, and Sports Byline will distribute the radio broadcast to multiple platforms, including terrestrial radio stations nationwide, Sirius 153, XM 243, CRN Digital Talk and a live web stream at sportsbyline.com.
Tennessee senior offensive tackle Chris Scott became the 41st Vols player to accept an invitation to the game, benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Scott was an All-SEC second team performer this season and one of three UT offensive linemen to start every game. He was named to the All-SEC second teams by both the league writers and coaches after anchoring a Tennessee line that allowed only 12 regular season sacks and ranked among the nation's leaders in fewest penalty yards all season.
Scott and his line mates helped senior tailback Montario Hardesty rush for 1,345 yards -- the fourth-highest season total in school history.
A Riverdale, Ga., native, Scott ended his Tennessee career with 39 consecutive starts, tying Eric Berry for the longest active streak at season's end.
Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game has featured some of the finest athletes in the U.S. and Canada. In April 2009, 90 percent of players from the 2009 East-West Shrine Game were either drafted or signed as free agents by NFL clubs. A total of 307 East-West Shrine Game alumni were on 2009 NFL opening-day rosters.
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. Shriners Hospitals for Children provides expert care for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, without financial obligation to patients or their families. The organization also conducts innovative research and provides medical education programs.