ROBERTSON TO PLAY IN EAST-WEST SHRINE
Senior Defensive Tackle Invited to All-Star Game
S.C. (January 12, 2012) – University of South Carolina defensive tackle
Travian Robertson has accepted an invitation to play in the 87th
East-West Shrine Game®. The Game will be held Jan. 21, 2012 at
Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off at 4 p.m. EST and
televised live on the NFL Network.
Robertson, a 6-4, 303-pounder
from Laurinburg, N.C., logged 49 tackles during his senior season,
including 8.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. For his career, he played
in 56 contests starting 31 times, with 123 tackles including 21.0
tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Robertson graduated in May with a
degree in criminal justice.
Robertson 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.
players to participate in the East-West Shrine Game include Jabari
Levey (2005), Syvelle Newton (2006), Cory Boyd (2007), Jasper Brinkley
and Jamon Meredith (2008), Darian Stewart (2009) and Patrick DiMarco
“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.”
Robertson is one of four
former Gamecocks to be invited to a post-season all-star game, joining
Senior Bowl invitees Melvin Ingram and Antonio Allen, and Battle of
Florida participant Stephen Garcia.