Tennessee senior tight end Ethan Wolf has accepted an invitation to play in the 93rd East-West Shrine Game. The game will be held on Jan. 20, 2018, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a 3 p.m. ET kickoff on NFL Network.
The East-West Shrine Game Radio Network will also have a live audio broadcast.
Wolf will be the 48th Vol to play in the East-West Shrine Game, which started in 1925, and the first VFL to take part in the game since Justin Coleman in 2015.
Wolf played in 50 games over his four-year UT career with 47 starts. He finished his career with 91 receptions for 998 yards and seven touchdowns. His 91 career catches are the second-most ever by at Tennessee tight end (Reggie Harper had 98 from 1977-80) and his 998 receiving yards rank third among UT tight ends behind only Harper's 1,141 yards and Mychal Rivera's 1,018 from 2010-12.
Wolf joins an elite list of football greats, such as Tom Brady, John Elway, Brett Favre and 74 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game, in addition to more than 265 East-West Shrine Game alumni on NFL rosters each year. A strong performance at the East-West Shrine Game can greatly impact a player's chances of a career in the NFL. More than 100 players from last year's game signed with professional teams this spring, and more than 70 made final NFL rosters.
"The most important element of East-West Shrine Game has always been supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children," East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson said. "But during game week, it also affords our players an unmatched opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first taste of a potential career in the NFL."
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 that treats children in orthopaedics, spinal cord injuries, cleft lift and palate, and burns, regardless of the families' ability to pay.
East-West Shrine Game tickets will be available for purchase at this link or through tickets.com. Game tickets are $15 general admission seating (price does not include service fees).
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Vols In East-West Shrine Game
• 1932: Gene McEver, Herman Hickman
• 1934: Beattie Feathers
• 1946: Bob Dobelstein
• 1964: Steve DeLong
• 1965: Frank Emanuel
• 1976: Ron McCartney
• 1977: Mickey Marvin, Andy Spiva
• 1979: Robert Shaw
• 1980: Craig Puki, Bill Marren
• 1981: Tim Irwin, Brad White
• 1982: Anthony Hancock
• 1983: Mike Miller
• 1985: Johnnie Jones
• 1986: Eric Swanson
• 1988: John Bruhin, Terry McDaniel
• 1990: Kent Elmore, Tracy Hayworth
• 1991: Roland Poles
• 1992: Tom Myslinski
• 1996: Scott Galyon, DeRon Jenkins, Jason Layman
• 1998: Jonathan Brown, Robert Poole
• 1999: Jeff Hall
• 2001: David Leaverton
• 2003: Omari Hand
• 2004: Rashad Baker, Casey Clausen, Gibril Wilson
• 2005: Jason Respert
• 2006: Jason Hall
• 2007: Jayson Swain
• 2008: Jonathan Hefney
• 2009: Ramon Foster
• 2010: Chris Scott
• 2011: Chris Walker
• 2012: Tauren Poole
• 2014: Zach Fulton, Rajion Neal, James Stone
• 2015: Justin Coleman
• 2017: Ethan Wolf