Jan. 3, 2012
Navy senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani has been selected to the 87th annual East-West Shrine All-Star Game, which will take place Saturday, January 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be televised by the NFL Network starting at 4:00 PM.
As the longest running and most respected all-star football game, the East-West Shrine Game has been part of the sports landscape since 1925. Some of the former greats that have played in the game include Navy's own Roger Staubach, Tom Brady, John Elway, Brett Favre, Dick Butkus, Gayle Sayers and Walter Payton. 45 players that played in the game last year were drafted and 62 former players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Currently 243 players on active NFL rosters played in the East-West Shrine Game. Of the 100 players that played in last year's game, 52 were on active NFL rosters and 18 more were on the practice squad.
Tuani will be the 24th Navy player to play in the game and his selection marks the third-consecutive year that a Navy player has been chosen. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs played in last year's game, while linebacker Ross Pospisil was selected two years ago.
Tuani is considered one of the best defensive linemen to ever play at Navy. He recorded a team-best 13 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks in 2011. His 44-career tackles for a loss are the second most in school history and just one off the school record, while his 16 career sacks are tied for third on the list.