Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications
TAMPA, Fla. -- Harvard senior tight end Kyle Juszczyk has been invited to play in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game, slated for January 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Juszczyk joins Princeton senior defensive lineman Mike
Catapano, 2012 Asa S. Bushnell Cup winner as Ivy League
Defensive Player of the Year, as the two Ivies invited to
participate in the game.
The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game. Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game has pitted the best college football players from the East and West sides of the United States against one another in a thrilling all-star game played to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The game – and the practice sessions before it – attract dozens of NFL scouts and is often a launch pad to a career as a professional football player. Today’s East-West Shrine Game has grown far beyond its California-based roots into a nationally celebrated and televised event that attracts tens of thousands of fans and raises funds and awareness for the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children.
A two-year All-American, Juszczyk has been named to this year’s elite teams by every publication thus far – including the Associate Press, American Football Coaches Association, The Sports Network, Beyond Sports Network and CollegeSportsMadness.com.
Harvard has had at least one All-American in each of the last 14 years.
Juszczyk led the Ivy League with eight touchdown receptions and led a potent Harvard team with 52 catches for 706 yards (13.6 ypc). For his career, he set the mark for all Harvard tight ends with 125 catches for 1,576 yards and 22 touchdowns.
The game will be broadcast on the NFL Network.
Harvard went 8-2 overall and defeated Yale, 34-24 to earn a program-record sixth straight win over the Bulldogs as well as the 11th victory over the Elis in the last 12 years. The season marked Harvard's Ivy League-record 12th-straight season with at least seven wins – with no other Ivy team even having seven such seasons.