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All-Star Football Game to Include Isaac Bruce and Donnie Shell as Honorary Coaches

CANTON, OHIO –Two members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class of 2020 will serve as honorary coaches when a local All-Star football game resumes this summer after a two-year absence.

ISAAC BRUCE and SHELL DONNIÉ will be on the sidelines on July 23 when the first Pro Football Hall of Fame East-West All-Star Game kicks off at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium at 7 p.m. Bruce will join Marc Geis, head coach of Green High School, and his three assistant West team managers. Shell will join Brian Gamblehead coach of Sandy Valley High School, and his three East team assistants.

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is proud to resume the East-West All-Star Game and bring the seniors onto the field with their high school classmates and new friends from neighboring schools once again before they begin the next chapters of their lives”, Room President Jim Porter said. “And with Halls of Famers of the caliber of Isaac Bruce and Donnie Shell providing not only insight into how to play football, but how to live a Hall of Fame life, this experience will create memories that will last a lifetime. a life.”

The match will be the 31st meeting for the East and West teams, but the first since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canton Repository had sponsored the game since its inception in 1990.

“The community is grateful for the Repository’s involvement in gaming over the past 30 years. The venue is honored to pick up the slack and keep this event going,” Porter said.

He also thanked the team at the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls for providing access to the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and adjacent training grounds for teams to use before the game.

“We are thrilled to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame to continue to deliver a first-class event for our Stark County football community,” said Kevin Tobinco-director of the game with Ross Rankin. “Including Pro Football Hall of Famers Donnie Shell and Isaac Bruce will be an incredible experience for the players.”

Gamble’s staff will be supplemented by coaches Brian Baum of the North Township of Hoover, Tim Goodman of Alliance and Brian Reidenbach of Sandy Valley. Along with Shell, they will manage players from Alliance, Canton McKinley, East Canton, GlenOak, Louisville, Marlington, Minerva, North Canton Hoover and Sandy Valley high schools.

Coaches AJ Sarbaugh and Eric Broc from Fairless and ryan murphy of Green will join Geis and Bruce in the main players of Canton Central Catholic, Canton South, Fairless, Green, Jackson, Lake, Massillon Washington, Northwest, Perry and Tuslaw in Team West.

The rosters, made up of graduates from the Class of 2022, will be finalized and announced shortly.

The game concludes several days of special events celebrating high school football, including the induction of a new class into the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame. This year’s class is made up of Lance Burick, Eric Heinzer, Larry Laursel, Josh McDaniels, Tim Powell, Herman “Bup” Rearick and Zach Slates.

The induction banquet will be held the evening of July 22 (time TBD) at the Nash Family Event & Conference Center at the Hall of Fame.

The week of practice and events leading up to the match will also include a kicking contest, a staple of the series. This year’s winner will take a 16-15 lead in the rivalry. The East won the inaugural game in 1990 with a 38-0 shutout. West won the most recent game, 28-10, to tie the game all-time.

Bruce and Shell will be much more involved than their “honorary” title suggests. In addition to assisting on the sidelines during the game, they will speak to teams at the annual Player-Parent Dinner on July 21, provide on-field instruction during final practice on July 22, and attend the Hall of Fame. Stark County High School Football. induction banquet on July 22.

Tickets for the game will cost $10 and are available at www.profootballhof.com/events/2022/07/east-west-all-star-game/.

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