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Concordia’s Zach Moore Accepts Invitation to Play in 89th East-West Shrine Game®

Concordia senior defensive end Zach Moore (Chicago) has accepted an invitation to play in the 89th-annual East-West Shrine Game.

Moore had also been invited to the NFLPA Bowl Game and was on the Senior Bowl Watch List prior to the 2013 season.

For the 89th time, many of the best college football players in the nation will team up for an all-star game to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children®. On Jan. 18 at 3 p.m., the East-West Shrine Game will again kickoff at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

The game will be broadcast live on NFL Network and on the East-West Shrine Game Radio Network. Tickets for the East-West Shrine Game are now on sale through all Ticketmaster outlets. Fans can purchase tickets in advance for the game online at shrinegame.com or at ticketmaster.com.

Returning to direct the East squad will be former Atlanta Falcons and Houston Oiler head coach Jerry Glanville. Taking the reins for the West's top signal caller will be Romeo Crennel, a former head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns.

Moore is a two-time NSIC sack champion, a former All-American and three-time All-NSIC defensive lineman. As a senior, he was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Defensive Player of the Year award and a nominee for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year award. His 33.0 career sacks rank ninth in Division II history which established a Concordia career record. Entering his senior year, he was a consensus Preseason All-American, the NSIC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and ranked as the fifth best overall Division II football player by D2Football.com.

The contest is the nation's longest running college all-star game and was first played in 1925. Given the rich history involved, ensuring that each year's event is better than the last can be a challenge. But Harold Richardson, executive director of the East-West Shrine Game, is confident of another winning effort. "We have tremendous coaches in Coach Glanville and Coach Crennel. We'll have amazing athletes—all eager to show off their skills, and we have a fabulous setting at Tropicana Field. Fans who come out to enjoy the game and support Shriners Hospitals for Children can expect a fantastic time."

Some of the great NFL players the game has featured as college all-stars include: Tom Brady, John Elway, Brett Farve, Roger Staubach, Dick Butkus, Gayle Sayers and Walter Payton. Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame include 71 former East-West Shrine Game players.

More than 100 players from the 88th East-West Shrine Game signed with NFL teams in 2013. On average, more than 275 former East-West Shrine Game players are on NFL rosters.

More than just a game, this is a showcase for up-and-coming NFL talent as national media and scouts from every professional team spend the week in St. Petersburg to review the players.

Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game has helped raise money and awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system with 22 locations dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic 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 families' ability to pay.