D.J. Palmore Selected To The East-West Shrine Game
Dec. 11, 2017
Navy senior outside linebacker and co-captain D.J. Palmore has been selected to the 94th annual East-West Shrine All-Star Game, which will be played Saturday, Jan. 20 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
For 93 years some of football’s greatest athletes and coaches have contributed to the tradition of the East-West Shrine Game. Players like Gale Sayers, Tom Brady, John Elway, Allan Page, Dick Butkus, Brett Favre, Gino Marchetti and Walter Payton, along with coaches Don Shula, Dick Vermeil, Paul "Bear" Bryant and Jerry Glanville, to name a few, have supported the East-West Shrine Game.
Created by the Shriners in 1925, the East-West Shrine Game was the nation’s first college all-star football game. The game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. More than 1 million children have benefited from Shriners Hospitals’ unique way of providing hope and healing, regardless of the families’ ability to pay for services.
Every year, players and coaches visit the local Shriners Hospitals for Children during game week to meet the patients and gain a greater understanding of the importance of the game. During the inspirational and humbling visit, the teams experience a day they will never forget. Whether dancing to music, playing games or simply sharing stories with one another, the instant friendships that form between the patients and players are a testament to our motto of being more than just a game.
Palmore has recorded 73 tackles on the year, including a team best 12.5 tackles for a loss and three fumble recoveries. He's also recorded 2.5 sacks, broke up two passes and forced a fumble. Palmore is the 30th Navy player to be selected to the game. Three of the last four selected could not play due to injuries: Will Worth (2016), Keenan Reynolds (2015) and Cody Peterson (2013). Parrish Gaines (2014) is the last Navy player to actually play in the game.