Jan. 11, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Two-time All-Big 12 pick and Academic All-American Tysyn Hartman has accepted an invitation to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game, which will be held January 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The game, which will be televised on the NFL Network, will kick at 3 p.m. CST.
Hartman 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 along with 52 players currently on active NFL rosters. He is the 44th player in school history to play in the game and the first since Jeron Mastrud and Jeffrey Fitzgerald were selected to participate back in 2009.
“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.’”
A four-year starter, Hartman finished his Wildcat career with 258 tackles and nine interceptions, which rank ninth in school history. He also had 69 tackles and three picks this season to lead Kansas State to a 10-3 record and a berth in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Hartman, a 2011 finalist for the Campbell Trophy, graduated in three and a half years with a degree in finance and earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors each of the past four seasons. He has also been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester of his college career.
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 Hartman and the East-West Shrine Game can do the following: attend the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg on Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. EST.