Hartman to play in East-West Shrine Game

By The Mercury

Two-time All-Big 12 pick and Academic All-American Tysyn Hartman has accepted an invitation to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The game, which will be televised on the NFL Network, will kick at 3 p.m.

Hartman joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game along with 52 players currently on active NFL rosters.

The Wichita native is the 44th player in school history to play in the game and the first since Jeron Mastrud and Jeffrey Fitzgerald were selected to participate back in 2009.

A four-year starter, Hartman finished his Wildcat career with 258 tackles and nine interceptions, which rank ninth in school history. He also had 69 tackles and three picks this season to lead K-State to a 10-3 record and a berth in the Cotton Bowl.

Hartman, a 2011 finalist for the Campbell Trophy, graduated in three-and-a-half years with a degree in finance and earned First-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors each of the past four seasons. He has also been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester of his college career.

While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international pediatric specialty health care system.

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