Ole Miss' BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Robert Lane will be competing in the 83rd annual East-West Shrine Game to be held Jan. 19 at John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus.
One of the nation's premier college football all-star games, the annual classic is slated for a 6 p.m. CST kickoff and will be nationally broadcast by ESPN. As members of the East squad, the Rebel offensive duo will by coached by NFL legend Dick Vermeil, while Mike White will direct the West team.
Every year since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game has been played to help raise money and awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international system of 22 pediatric specialty hospitals that provide care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate - all at no charge. To date, the game has helped raise more than $15 million and informed millions of people about the mission of this extraordinary philanthropy.
The 82nd East-West Shrine Game in 2007 included 37 players who were selected in the NFL Draft this past April, while an additional 51 players were later signed as free agents.
A two-time All-SEC running back, Green-Ellis reached the 1,000-yard plateau in each of his two seasons at Ole Miss and finished No. 5 on the school's career rushing list with 2,137 yards. He posted nine career 100-yard games with 13 touchdowns.
A high school All-American at quarterback, Lane saw action at four different positions in his Rebel tenure and eventually settled at tight end, where he started 11 games as a senior. Over his career, Lane amassed 803 all-purpose yards with four TDs, and he also passed for 321 yards and another score.