East Central University cornerback Gerett Burl will play in the 2009 Cactus Bowl on Jan. 9, 2009 at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville, Texas.
The Cactus Bowl features stars from NCAA Division II schools. There have been over 100 players drafted into the NFL who played in the Cactus Bowl, which began as the Snow Bowl and was played in Fargo, N.D. from 1994-2000. In 2001, the Snow Bowl was renamed the Cactus Bowl and moved to Kingsville.
Burl, who just completed his senior and only season at ECU this past fall, led the team with nine pass breakups and compiled 34 total tackles, including 28 solo-stops and two for losses of two yards.
Burl, out of Libertyville, Ill., played at the University of Colorado and Garden City Community College (Kan.) before coming to ECU.
He will compete for the West Team, which will have 15 other players from Lone Star Conference institutions.
All net profits from the Cactus Bowl are donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.