Jan. 3, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Former Ohio University cornerback Travis Carrie will take part in the 89th Annual East-West Shrine Game® on Saturday, Jan. 18. The game will be held in St. Petersburg, Fla. inside Tropicana Field - the site of 2013 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl - where Carrie played his final game as a Bobcat.
Kickoff for the 2014 East-West Shrine Game will be at 4 p.m. with the gates opening at 2 p.m. The contest will be aired live on NFL Network.
"This is a very exciting opportunity to play against some of the nation's top players," Carrie said. "I also think it's exciting for the Ohio University football program. Playing in a game like this shows that players who come to Ohio can play on the big stage."
Carrie becomes the ninth Ohio player in school history to participate in the annual all-star game. He also is the first Bobcat to play in the game since Thad Turner did so in 2010.
The California native received the invitation to play in the game following a standout 2013 season where he earned All-Mid-American Conference honors as both a punt returner (First Team) and as a cornerback (Third Team).
In 2013, Carrie tied for the team lead with four interceptions and owned a league-best 12.7 punt return average. The second-year captain concluded his Bobcat career in style as he picked off a pair of passes, returning them both for touchdowns in the Bobcats' final home game of the year. He became the first Bobcat since Dion Byrum to return two interceptions for touchdowns.
During his six seasons in Athens, Carrie helped the Bobcats to five straight bowls, two bowl victories and a pair of MAC East Division championships.
The East-West Shrine Game® is the longest running college all-star game in the country. A staple in college football since 1925, the game has consistently proven to be a launch pad for players seeking professional careers in the NFL. More than 100 players from the 88th East-West Shrine Game signed with professional football teams in 2013. On average, more than 275 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL rosters each year.
Since the very first players secured their helmets and laced up their cleats in San Francisco's Ewing Field nearly 90 years ago at the very first East-West Shrine Game, 71 former East-West Shrine Game alumni have been honored with induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and more than 200 into the College Football Hall of Fame. Many of the NFL's most recognized and decorated athletes, including Tom Brady, Brett Favre and John Elway, all started on the East-West gridiron.