Dec. 17, 2006
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown senior linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, MA) has accepted an invitation to play in the 82nd Dell East-West Shrine Game, January 20, 2007, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. In addition, DeOssie earned All-American honors for the second straight season, being named an Associated Press Third Team All-American.
DeOssie, a two-time finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player, will decline his invitation to play in the January 14th Hula Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Now a two-time All-American, DeOssie is a three-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection. A dominant defensive force, DeOssie led the Bears' defensive unit with 110 total tackles including 68 solo stops, second best in the nation. He finished his Brown career with 315 total tackles.
A tri-captain for the 2006 Brown football team, DeOssie ranked eighth in the nation with 11.4 tackles per game. He was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Cornell with 13 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, a half sack and several bone-jarring hits. He registered a game high 14 tackles against Dartmouth after he had 15 total tackles vs. Yale.
The teams will be coached by two of the legendary coaches in NFL history. Former Batimore Colts and Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history, will coach the East Team, while former Denver and NY Giants head coach Dan Reeves will coach the West Team.
DeOssie, who is currently training for the NFL combine, is the second straight Brown player to play in the natin's premier all-star game. Nick Hartigan '06 participated in the game a year ago.