Dec. 17, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Army senior wide receiver Patrick Laird has accepted an invitation to compete in the East-West Shrine Game, continuing the long tradition of Black Knights’ playing in the senior showcase.
The East-West Shrine Game will be played Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kick-off is set for 4 p.m. and the NFL Network will carry the contest.
The 89th Shrine Game will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Former Atlanta Falcons and Houston Oiler head coach Jerry Glanville will coach the East while Romeo Crennel, a former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns, will manage the West.
The Shrine Game is the nation’s longest running college all-star game and was first played in 1925 with Army’s Gus Farwick and Edgar Garbisch participating.
Laird, a special teams contributor and wide receiver from nearby Monroe, N.Y., is the 28th Army player compete in the showcase. Every year since 2002, Army has had a player chosen for the contest.
A 6-3, 219-pound graduate of Monroe-Woodbury High School, Laird played in all 12 games during his senior season. He snared three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 9.3 yards per catch with a long reception of 14 yards.
Once again, Army’s head equipment manager Nick Determan, will oversee the equipment needs of both teams. This marks the eighth straight season Determan has headed up the uniform and equipment oversight.