The 89th East-West Shrine Game kicks off this Saturday at Tropicana Field. This longest running college all-star game in the country gives senior players the chance to audition for jobs at the next level. NFL scouts and representatives pay close attention to practices all week.
West head coach Romeo Crennel advises players to watch their every move.
"It's a job interview and we talk to them about that as well. In the meeting room, out there on the practice field, during the interviews that they do with these different pro teams, that they got to put their best foot forward and then what it might lead to. It might lead to a career for them," Crennel said.
East head coach Jerry Glanville agrees.
"We promise every player he's gonna play. We promise everybody they're gonna get in there and play equal amounts, so they all know they're gonna get in there and play. And they all know practice is as important as a game because all these scouts watch you every practice. They watch you every day," Glanville said.
Bernard Reedy, former Lakewood High star wide receiver, appreciates the opportunity to play in front of hometown fans in the Shrine Game, and in front of pro scouts.
"You got to make the opportunity count. When it's your chance to make the play, you got to go make the play. Individually, you got to give 110 percent, don't jog anywhere, just show the scouts that you came to play and you're about business," Reedy said.
The most memorable experience of the week for most players was Sunday's Shriners Hospital visit. Physically gifted players interacting with patients humbles and inspires these college athletes. They understand they play for an important cause: raising money and awareness for the Shriners. This is not only an audition for an NFL career, it sets the stage for a career of giving back.
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