Canadian quarterback Brett Rypien has been named one of the quarterbacks for the East-West Shrine Game, a high-profile showcase event for American university and college players.
It’s a great opportunity for Rypien, who is on the B.C. Lions negotiation list, to put his skills on display after the First Responder Bowl between Rypien’s Boise State Broncos and Boston College was canceled because of the threat of severe weather.
While Brett was born in Spokane, Washington, his father Tim hails from Calgary, meaning his son is eligible for dual-citizenship. That’s the same route to national status taken by several other current CFL players, including Calgary Stampeders linebacker Alex Singleton.
Brett’s uncle Mark quarterbacked the Washington Redskins to two Super Bowl titles.
Rypien has been the No. 1 quarterback for the Broncos since winning the job as a freshman in 2015, throwing for 13,578 yards – tops in Mountain West Conference history – and 90 touchdowns including 30 during his senior season.
The East-West Shrine Game is the oldest American college football all-star showcase and has served as an NFL launching point for Canadian players such as tight end Antony Auclair (Bucs), defensive lineman David Onyemata (Saints) and offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Chiefs) in recent years.
National defensive lineman Mathieu Betts (Laval) and Joel Van Pelt (Calgary) will be in Flordia for the week too.
The Shrine features a week of practices in front of NFL and CFL coaches and scouts followed by a game broadcast on the NFL Network, which will take place on Jan. 19.