Second Rebel To Play In Shrine
Jan. 14, 2010
LAS VEGAS - Former UNLV defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu (Boonville, Calif.) has accepted an invitation to play in the 85th Annual East-West Shrine Game scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23 at Orlando's Florida Citrus Bowl.
The game, which is being played in the Sunshine State for the first time ever, will kick off at 12 p.m. PT and be nationally televised by ESPN2.
Tevaseu is the second Rebel defender to join the East-West roster, as linebacker Jason Beauchamp accepted his invitation last month to play for the West, which will be coached by former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer. Tevaseu and Beauchamp are the first two Rebels to appear in the East-West since linebacker Adam Seward and wide receiver Earvin Johnson in 2004.
Tevaseu was named the 2009 UNLV Defensive MVP as the big tackle started every game and clogged the middle of the line. The former Arizona State signee and Santa Rosa JC transfer finished with 28 total tackles and a QB sack. He also was voted by his teammates to receive the Defensive Captain Award.
The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star football game. In April 2009, 90 percent of players from the 84th 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 is a system of 22 hospitals dedicated to providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to age 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, without financial obligation to patients or their families.
For more information about the East-West Shrine Game, visit www.shrinegame.com.