Chicago native Da’Ron Brown (Morgan Park HS), who finished his Northern Illinois University football career in 2014 as one of the Huskies’ all-time best wide receivers, has accepted an invitation to play in the 90th East-West Shrine Game.
The game kicks off at 3 p.m. (CT) Saturday, Jan. 17, from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Players for both teams, including Brown, will take part in practices in the Tampa Bay area beginning today, in front of hundreds of NFL coaches, scouts and representatives. Brown was assigned to the West team and will be playing for head coach Jim Zorn.
During his NIU career, Brown caught 155 passes for 2,295 yards and 19 touchdowns to rank in the Huskies’ top five all-time in all three categories.
As a senior, he led NIU with 68 catches for 1,065 yards and six scores. He was named second team All-MAC and was named MVP of the 2014 Huskie team. He is a member of the winningest senior class in school history as the group won three Mid-American Conference Championships and made four bowl appearances.
“I am super-excited for Da’Ron to get this opportunity in the East-West Shrine Game,” said NIU head coach Rod Carey. “He was our team MVP this year, not just for his play, but for his attitude and what he brought off the field. He made a lot of big plays for us throughout his career.”
Brown is one of three MAC players in the East-West Shrine Game this year, and is one of three players from Illinois schools on the West roster as both Northwestern and Southern Illinois are represented. He is the fifth Huskie all-time to play in the game. Most recently, quarterbacks Chandler Harnish (2012) and Jordan Lynch (2014) represented NIU in the East-West Shrine Game.
The East-West Shrine Game will be televised on the NFL Network with radio coverage on Yahoo!Sports Radio and Sirius XM (Channel 88).
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