Leno gets invite to East-West Shrine Game

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TAMPA, Fla. (January 2, 2014) – Boise State University offensive Charles Leno Jr. has accepted an invitation to play in the 89th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be held January 18, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off at 4 p.m. (ET) and televised live on NFL Network.

Leno becomes the 21st Bronco, and the 12th in the past 10 years, to play in the annual all-star game. The most recent Boise State players selected were defensive end Tyrone Crawford and wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker following the 2011 season.

“The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football’s best,” said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson. “With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL … ‘Just Like on Sunday.’”

Leno was a first-team All-Mountain West selection this past year, and a second-team selection in 2012. He started his final 39 games at Boise State, including 26 at left tackle. He has been a key contributor to the Bronco offense which ranks ninth-nationally in red zone efficiency (.906) and 16ht nationally in scoring offense (38.8). Leno is also part of a senior class that won at least 40 games in their careers. The 2013 Bronco seniors are the 12th-straight class to reach that milestone with 43 victories.

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.

“We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game,” said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children.”