Cross, Sweeting Will Play In East-West Shrine Game

Jan. 10, 2013

Shrine Game East Roster

TAMPA, Fla. – Georgia Tech defensive end Izaan Cross and cornerback Rod Sweeting have been selected to play in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off at 4 p.m. EST and televised live on NFL Network.

The Yellow Jacket duo will play for the East team and will be coached by former Tech assistant Jerry Glanville.

Cross and Sweeting join an elite list of football greats who have played in the East-West Shrine Game including 52 players currently on active NFL rosters.

Cross and Sweeting represent the third and fourth Yellow Jackets who played under head coach Paul Johnson to play in the Shrine Game. Cord Howard (2009) and Mario Butler (2010) were previously selected.

“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.'”

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 benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children.”

Those who would like to support Cross, Sweeting and the East-West Shrine Game can do the following:

Attend the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg on January 19 at 4 p.m. EST, tune in to watch the game on NFL Network, or listen live on the East-West Shrine Game Radio Network.

The East-West Shrine Game tickets are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets. Fans can purchase tickets for the January 19, 2013 game online at, or

All game tickets are $15 general admission tickets (price does not include service fees).

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit


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