CSU's Kubiak to join Smith at East-West Shrine Game
Dec. 8, 2009
By Zak Gilbert
ORLANDO, Fla. - Colorado State's Klint Kubiak will have one more college football game.
The senior team captain, whose season ended prematurely Oct. 10 with a chest injury, will be healthy and ready to practice and play before NFL scouts at the 85th annual East-West Shrine Game, Jan. 23, at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is 1 p.m. MST on ESPN2.
Kubiak, a 6-0, 212-pound safety who played as a prep at Regis High School in Denver, Colo., will join teammate Shelley Smith at the all-star contest. Smith was an early invite, joining the West team roster Nov. 9.
The last time CSU sent two representatives to the game was 2003, when DB/KR Dexter Wynn and QB Bradlee Van Pelt made the trip. Wynn (Philadelphia, sixth round) and Van Pelt (Denver, seventh round) were selected in the NFL Draft four months later.
Kubiak becomes the ninth CSU player in the past eight years, and the 36th overall, to play in the contest. That list includes Rams legends such as Glenn Morris, Thurman "Fum" McGraw, Dale Dodrill, Keli McGregor, Greg Myers and Joey Porter. Gartrell Johnson played in the game last season before becoming San Diego's fourth-round selection in the NFL Draft.
CSU's starter over the season's first six contests at strong safety, he was named in the season's opening week one of five permanent team captains, one of two on defense (with Nick Oppenneer). He finished his Rams career with 187 tackles (111 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, and three interceptions.
He also joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers who have played in the East-West Shrine Game, America's longest-running college all-star football contest.
"The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football's best," said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Jack Hart. "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.'"
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 - all proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children."
Those who would like to support Smith and the East-West Shrine Game can do the following:
For more information about the East-West Shrine Game, visit www.shrinegame.com.
CSU's all-time East-West Shrine Game players: