Jack Schultz, NRHEG senior guard and defensive tackle, has been selected to play in the 2016 Minnesota Football Showcase All-Star Football Game on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at US Bank Stadium.
“We are thrilled for Jack to be given the opportunity play alongside Minnesota's top football players,” said NRHEG coach Dan Stork. “ He has worked extremely hard and has dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball all season. He is very deserving of this recognition and opportunity and he will make the most of it.”
Dec. 3 will feature an entire day of celebrating football throughout the state of Minnesota. The event will culminate in the 44th annual all-star game. Tickets are now available with all proceeds going directly to the MFCA and the Tackle Cancer Campaign.
The game will feature the North All-Stars vs. the South All-Stars and will be broadcast locally on KMSP FOX 9.
Jeff Ferguson of Totino-Grace High School (North) and Mike Grant of Eden Prairie (South) will serve as the game’s head coaches. The two have a combined 49 years of head coaching experience and a total record of 467 wins and 88 losses.
“This is new and exciting ground for our Minnesota All-Star Football Game,” said Ferguson. “To have the Vikings partnership, to move the game one week after the season, to enable our Division I prospects to participate, and to play the game in U.S. Bank Stadium all make this a premier event. I am honored to serve as a coach.”
“It is an honor to coach in the All-Star Football Game,” said Grant. “Having the best high school players who have come through our great youth football programs playing in the best football venue makes for a true celebration of football across our state. This should become an annual event that brings our Minnesota football community together in an unprecedented way.”
In addition to the game, the event will feature the following:
• Youth Football Clinics
• 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Grades K-5
• 12:30–1:30 p.m. Grades 6-9
Registration for each clinic will be limited to the first 200 participants and will include a free event admission. To register visit www.vikings.com/showcase.
• Minnesota high school marching band performances, cheer teams and dance teams
• Autograph sessions with Vikings legends
• Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders and Skol Line performance
“The Vikings have long been partners with the MFCA and we are thrilled to further that partnership
through the establishment of the Minnesota Football Showcase,” said Vikings Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley. “The event is an exciting opportunity for high school players, coaches and fans of football throughout Minnesota, and hosting it in U.S. Bank Stadium is a natural fit as it combines Minnesota’s best athletes with the state’s best venue.”
“We are proud of this game and its rich history,” said MFCA Executive Director Ron Stolski. “The MFCA could not be more thankful to have the Minnesota Vikings as partners, to bring the event to a state-of-the-art facility and to continue promoting the sport of football in our state.”
About the All-Star Game
The Minnesota Football Coaches Association is proud of this game and its history. The first All-Star Football Game was played in 1945, and the game has been an annual event since 1974. The game was played in a North vs. South format from 1945 through 1960 and from 1974 to 1979, a Metro vs. Outstate format from 1980 to 2010 and back to a North vs. South format in 2011 (to present).
Through the years, over 4,200 players and 475 coaches have participated in this game. A total of 89 players from the All-Star Football Game have gone on to play or coach in the National Football League, including current Minnesota Vikings player Adam Thielen (2008 All-Star alumnus from Detroit Lakes).