Sam Houston State senior quarterback Rhett Bomar has accepted an invitation to play the the East-West Shrine All-Star Game on January 17, 2009, in Houston, Texas.
Bomar ranks No. 3 nationally in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision individual total offense this season with 318.7 yards per game. Through six contests in 2008, the kinesiology major from Grand Prairie, Texas, has passed for 1,790 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 122 yards and three scores. Bomar is expected to earn his Bachelor's degree in December.
"This is a great opportunity for me," Bomar said. "It's good knowing that you are getting respect around the country. It will be exciting to represent Sam Houston State and my teammates in a game like this."
Bomar will be the sixth Bearkat to appear in a post-season All-Star game.
Quarterback Dustin Long played in the 2005 Shrine and Hula Bowl All-Star games. Quarterback Josh McCown (2001) and defensive linemen Michael Bankston (1991) and Mike Ober (1989) played in the North-South Senior Bowl contest in Mobile, AL. McCown scored a touchdown in the 2001 Senior Bowl. D. D. Terry played in the 2007 Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game in Houston.
The East-West Shrine game is one of the most famous post-season college All Star contests. For most of its history, the game was played in the San Francisco Bay Area at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium or at Stanford Stadium. In recent years it has been played at SBC Park.
In 2006, the game was played in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Shrine Game moved once again to Houston, Texas for its 2007 event.
With four games to go in his career at Sam Houston State, Bomar has passed for 3,999 yards in 15 outings. He is 904 yards away from become the all-time leader in Bearkat passing. Arthur Louis holds that distinction, throwing for 4,902 yards in 1977 through 1980.