Marinelli and Udofia to Participate in 85th East-West Shrine Game

Dec. 29, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford seniors Chris Marinelli and Ekom Udofia have accepted invitations to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game to be held in Orlando, Fla. on January 23rd. Kickoff is set for 12 noon Pacific Time.

Marinelli and Udofia join an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game, America’s longest-running college all-star football game.

“The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football’s best,” said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Jack Hart. “With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL … ‘Just Like on Sunday.’”

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.

“We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game,” said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events – all proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.”

Marinelli earned first team All-Pac-10 Conference honors and was selected as a second team AP All-American after starting 12 games on Stanford’s offensive line that paved the way for a Cardinal ground game that totaled a school-record 2,692 yards this season. The line allowed an average of 0.50 sacks per game, which is the second lowest average in the nation next to Boise State.

Udofia, a nose tackle, started all 12 games and finished the regular season with 35 tackles, tops among Stanford’s interior linemen. He has made 43 career appearances, including 38 starts, over the last four seasons.

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