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Lunsford to Play in East-West Shrine Game

January 15, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lunsford to Play in East-West Shrine Game

Liberty senior kicker John Lunsford has accepted an invitation to participate in the 91st annual East-West Shrine Game.

The contest will be played on Jan. 23 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The event, which kicks off at 4 p.m., will be televised on the NFL Network and broadcast on radio via Yahoo Sports Radio, SiriusXM and Tunein.

The East-West Shrine game rosters have featured some of the most talented football players in history, including John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and 72 NFL Hall of Famers. Currently, 265 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL rosters.

Last year, 90 players who participated in the East-West Shrine Game were drafted or signed free agent contracts with NFL franchises.

"The most important aspect of East-West Shrine Game has always been supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children," said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson. "But during game week, it also affords our players a terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL."

Lunsford is the first player in program history to receive an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. The kicker is one of two 2015 graduates to receive a postseason event invitation, as quarterback Josh Woodrum will participate in the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 23.

Lunsford will be part of the East Coast roster and will play under the direction of former Notre Dame Head Football Coach Charlie Weis.

Lunsford is a three-time All-American. He was named a Sports Network and Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America first-team honoree in 2014 and to the STATS FCS All-America second team in 2015.

Lunsford finished his career as the NCAA FCS career record holder with 12 50-plus yard field goals. He is Liberty's all-time leader in career extra points made (150) and ranks second in field goals (48) and career scoring (294 points).

The native of Fort Myers, Fla., completed his senior season ranked No. 12 in the country among FCS kickers in career field goal attempts (79) and No. 23 in career field goals (48).