LB Tony Washington to Represent Oregon in East-West Shrine Game

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For a special Oregon senior, there is one more football game on the schedule. Redshirt senior linebacker Tony Washington, Jr. will represent the Ducks, playing defense for the West in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on January 17th.
Some NFL Draft predictions have Washington projected as high as a fourth round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Reppin the West coast for the #ShrineGame tomorrow… Let’s get it!! #Weeeeest

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Originating in 1925, the East-West Shrine Game is an all-star invitational showcase featuring college football’s best players and an opportunity to increase awareness and support for the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children locations around the country.

Tony Washington returns a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Ducks' Rose Bowl semi-final victory over the Seminoles.

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Tony Washington was named the Defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl.

The nation’s top players are invited to participate in a week of festivities that include a visit to the Shriners Hospital in Tampa, Fla.

Players and coaches traditionally spend a day with the children at the hospital, listening to the children as they share their courageous and inspiring individual experiences.

The exhibition game also provides NFL draft prospects with national exposure to NFL scouts as a part of the pre-draft process.

The Shrine Game has seen former all-star Ducks such as TE David Paulson, WR Jeff Maehl, DT Brandon Bair, DB T.J. Ward, DL Ra’Shon Harris, and OL Geoff Schwartz.

The historical Shrine Game has received support from legendary coaches and players such as Don ShulaPaul “Bear” Bryant, Gale Sayers, Tom Brady, John Elway, and Walter Payton.

The 2015 East-West Shrine Game will be played, airing on the NFL Network at 4 p.m. EST.

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Jordan Ingram

Jordan Ingram

My name is Jordan Ingram and I am currently a student at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. I am a proud Oregonian with an insatiable thirst for Oregon athletics. I am in hot pursuit of my dream career as beat writer for anything that goes “Quack.” Follow me on Twitter : @jpingram3

  • maddog48

    A nice honor for Tony. Unfortunately, the East-West Shrine game has lost much of its former luster, including now being played in Florida rather than San Francisco. It seems like the north-south games are where most of the top players end up.