DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior cornerback Ross Cockrell has accepted an invitation to play in the 89th annual East-West Shrine Game. The event is scheduled for Saturday, January 18 at 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The game will be broadcast live on NFL Network and on the East-West Shrine Game Radio Network.
A 6-0, 185-pound native of Waxhaw, N.C., Cockrell has played in and started 48 games at Duke in the defensive secondary. A two-time first team All-ACC selection, he has amassed 227 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 41 pass breakups and 12 interceptions. Cockrell is Duke’s all-time leader in total passes defended with 53.
Cockrell, a two-year team captain, has helped the Blue Devils to a school-record 10 wins this season along with the ACC Coastal Division championship and upcoming berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M. He becomes the 37th player in Duke history to accept an invitation to participate in the East-West Shrine Game.
“This is the 89th East-West Shrine Game, making it the longest running college all-star game in the country,” said Harold Richardson, executive director of the game. “This is our third year in Tampa Bay and we continue to be overwhelmed by the community support for the game and the cause. This is a great family event that supports Shriners Hospitals for Children®."
Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game has helped raise money and awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system with 22 locations dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.