Jan. 19, 2014
Senior wide receiver Patrick Laird, a native of nearby Monroe, N.Y., participated in the 89th East-West Shrine Game. Laird will provided periodic updates on his trip.
Continuing the long tradition of Black Knights' playing in the senior showcase, Laird is the 28th Army player to compete in the game. Laird was a member of the West squad, after being moved from the East team following an injury.
The East posted a 25-13 victory in the contest.
Laird had some company in Florida as Army's head equipment manager Nick Determan oversaw the equipment needs of both teams. This marked the eighth straight season Determan has headed up the uniform and equipment oversight. Head football manager Zach Marciano was also in Florida assisting Determan.
The banquet and game were both amazing experiences and I am very thankful to have been a part of it.
It was a lot of fun to have played in a football game with so many talented athletes. I learned a lot this week from the great coaches and players and it was a really unique experience being able to play with and meet both teams.
The East West Shrine Game is more than just a game and it is not held simply for the players but to get the Shriners Hospital name out in the open and to help all of those kids with health care needs throughout the world.
I am very happy I was able to represent West Point and the U.S. Army this week and I had a truly amazing experience.
Thanks for reading,
#18 Patrick Laird