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East-West Shrine Game previews NFL greatness

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One of the best college football games to watch is this Saturday at Tropicana Field. It's the East-West Shrine Game, a college all-star game with a really good inside look at some of the best players in the country.

They are players who will eventually end up on NFL teams, playing football on Sundays.

On average, those behind the East-West Shrine Game say more than 275 alumni players of this game are in the NFL.

So there is no question there is a ton of talent on the field, and a ton of tradition.

When it kicks off Saturday, it will be the 89th edition of the legendary game. First started back in 1925, it's the longest running college all-star game in the country.

The game is more than a chance for college player to showcase their NFL-level talent. It raises awareness and funds for the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children around the country.

Players spend a lot of time with the children in Shriners Hospitals, and all leave saying the same thing: they learned the true meaning of courage and character.

This year, the coaches are Jerry Glanville and Romeo Crennel, two coaches with a ton of NFL experience. But they won't be the only NFL connections watching this game.

Every team in the league sends a slew of scouts to this game because everyone knows the marquee players who will be drafted. But the players in the East-West Shrine Game will be the ones who step in and fill holes, and find jobs in the NFL.

Here are the details:

East West Shrine Game
4pm Kick off at Tropicana Field
Tickets are $15.00 -- seats are general admission, so you know you'll get a great spot.

For more information: http://www.shrinegame.com/


Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct coaches for this year's game.

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