Ole Miss defensive tackle Ted Laurent has accepted an invitation to play in the 86th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be held Jan. 22 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., kicking off at 3 p.m. CT on NFL Network.Football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and 62 NFL Hall of Famers have played in the East-West Shrine Game, America’s longest-running college all-star football game. While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children, a pediatric specialty health care system of 22 hospitals.
Former NFL coaches Wade Phillips and Dan Reeves will coach opposite each other in the East-West Shrine Game.
A native of Powder Springs, Ga., Laurent saw action in 44 games with 20 starts over his four years at Ole Miss. The 6-foot-1, 303-pounder helped the Rebels rank among college football’s best in tackles for a loss each of the past three seasons, including 2008 when Laurent totaled seven and the team tied for the nation’s lead. He finished his career with 56 total tackles.
Laurent is the 19th Rebel to accept an invitation to the East-West Game dating back to 1967 and the sixth in the last three years.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.
Children up to the age of 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. For more information, visit ShrinersHospitalsForChildren.org. (January 14, 2011, Page 6A)