2021 Shrine Bowl announced cancellation due to challenges of COVID-19
The latest sporting event that’s fallen victim to COVID-19 is the 2021 East-West Shrine Bowl.
The organization announced that the game, scheduled to be held in January at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, will no longer be played due to challenges presented by the pandemic.
— East-West Shrine Bowl (@ShrineBowl) October 27, 2020
This was scheduled to be the 96th version of this college football all-star game, which benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. The first game was in 1925.
“It’s terribly disappointing to have to cancel this year’s game, but there are so many issues involved with bringing in approximately 130 players and 25 NFL coaches from every corner of the United States and Canada,” said Bob Roller, executive director of the game. “It’s difficult enough currently for these college teams to provide some sort of a bubble during the regular season, but our game occurs after all the players have gone home for the holidays. It presented too many potential issues for this one year.”
Players who are eligible for the 2021 game will still receive formal invitations and be listed amongst previous invitees.
The Shrine Bowl attracts some of the top prospects for that year’s NFL Draft. 98 athletes who played in the 2020 version of this game are currently on NFL rosters. Alumni of this game include Tom Brady, Lawrence Taylor, and Brett Favre.
So far, it appears the Shrine Bowl is the only one of the college all-star games to be canceled. As of now, it appears that the Senior Bowl is still scheduled for Jan. 30.