College football all-star game announces January game canceled
Another sporting event won’t be taking place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the 2021 East-West Shrine Bowl has been canceled this season. The game had been scheduled to take place Jan. 23, 2021, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The East-West Shrine Bowl has been held annually since 1925 and features some of the top college seniors from around the country in an all-star game format.
“It’s terribly disappointing to have to cancel this year’s game, but there are so many issues involved with bringing in approximately 130 players and 25 NFL coaches from every corner of the United States and Canada,” East-West Shrine Bowl executive director Bob Roller said in a statement. “It’s difficult enough currently for these college teams to provide some sort of a bubble during the regular season, but our game occurs after all players have gone home for the holidays. It presented too many potential issues for this one year.”
The East-West Shrine Bowl has been held in St. Petersburg since 2012. And although it’s not taking place this season, players who would have participated will still receiving formal invitations and be recognized for earning the honor.
There have been 78 players who participated in the East-West Shrine Bowl who have gone on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and there are 98 players currently on NFL rosters who played in the game at the end of their college careers.