Fitz Set to Play in East-West Shrine Game

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Wildcat defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald will represent Kansas State Saturday as he participates in the annual East-West Shrine postseason all-star game.

The game will be played at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and will feature some of the top collegiate seniors from across the country. The 85th East-West Shrine Game will kick off at 2 p.m. CT and be televised live on ESPN2. Fitzgerald is one of 14 players from the Big 12 Conference who will suit up for the West squad and head coach Marty Schottenheimer.

An honorable mention All-Big 12 selection this past season, Fitzgerald collected 40 total tackles from his defensive end position, 10.0 of which went for losses. The Richmond, Va., native also led the team in sacks with 7.0, forced three fumbles while recovering two and also returned one interception for a touchdown.

The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star football game in the country and features some of the highest-rated players in the projected NFL draft ranking. In April 2009, 90-percent of players from last year's East-West Shrine Game were either drafted or signed as free agents by NFL clubs. |

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.

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