Jan. 3, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - University of Washington punter Sean Douglas and defensive back Dashon Goldson have accepted invitations to participate for the West squad in the 2007 Dell East-West Shrine All-Star Game later this month in Houston, Texas.
The pair will join an illustrious list of 141 former Huskies who have played in the game since 1925. At least one Husky has been represented in the annual all-star game in 22 of the last 23 seasons. Last year Manase Hopoi and Joe Toledo played in the contest, which was held in San Antonio, Texas.
The game will be played on Saturday, January 20, 2007, with a scheduled kickoff time of 4 p.m. (Pacific) at Houston's Reliant Stadium and will be televised live on ESPN2. The annual college all-star game has raised more than $14 million since 1925 to help support the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Legendary NFL head coaches Don Shula and Dan Reeves will serve as the head coaches for the game, which marks a significant change for the event. In years past, the coaching staffs were comprised of college coaches. Shula and Reeves, who will lead the West squad, will be aided by NFL assistant coaches.
Douglas, the school's leader in career punt average, was named an honorable mention All-America selection by Pro Football Weekly following the season. The Bellevue, Neb. native completed his college career with a 42.8-yard career average, surpassing Skip Boyd's 32-year old school record of 41.2 yards per punt from 1972-74. Douglas also posted three of the top four single-season averages in UW history, including a record-breaking 43.1-yard average in 2006, boasts the two longest punts in UW history (81 and 82 yards, both in 2006 at Oklahoma) and the most 60-plus yard punts in school history, with 11.
Goldson, a team captain and honorable mention all-Pac-10 selection, finished the season ranked sixth on the team with 50 tackles. Despite a nagging season-long ankle injury, the Carson, Calif. native also registered two tackles for losses, 10 pass breakups and an interception in Washington's 21-10 win at Arizona. In his three seasons as a defensive back at Washington, Goldson registered four interceptions and 194 total tackles. He earned his bachelor's degree in American Ethnic Studies last June.
Hundreds of East-West Shrine Game alumni have gone on to play in the National Football League, including current Houston Texans DE Jason Babin, who played in the game in 2004, C Drew Hodgdon, who played in the 2005 game, and RB Wali Lundy, who played in the game last year. 57 Shrine Game alumni have gone on to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Doak Walker, John Elway and Bob Lilly. Other notable alumni include President Gerald Ford, Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy and Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
The game will bring together more than 100 of the top collegiate players in America, hundreds of NFL personnel and more than 5,500 Shriners from the Houston area for a week of activities. One of the annual highlights of the East-West Shrine Game is the players' visit to local Shriners hospitals.
Over 770,000 children have been helped in the 83-year history of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The hospitals serve patients under the age of 18 that need spinal cord, orthopedic and burn care and are unable to pay. The Shriners provide $1.7 million in free medical care each day at 22 hospitals nationwide.