NIU football: Da’Ron Brown heads to East-West Shrine Game

By Northern Star Staff

Da’Ron Brown, redshirt senior wide receiver, will lace up his cleats one final time at the collegiate level in the East-West Shrine Game.

Brown has accepted an invitation to the 90th edition of the game. The game is 3 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and it will be aired on NFL Network. The East-West Shrine Game is an all-star game for senior prospects to display their talents for NFL scouts in an exhibition game.

Brown finished his career at NIU with 155 receptions for 2,295 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Brown capped off his final season at NIU with improvements across nearly the entire board. He hauled in 68 receptions for 1,065 yards, both career highs. He also grabbed six touchdowns, his second-best single-season mark with the Huskies.

Brown’s play earned him a nod to the 2014 All-MAC Second Team.

Brown is one of three players from the state of Illinois who will play in the East-West Shrine Game. Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern Wildcats offensive lineman, and MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois Salukis tight end, have accepted invitations to the game.

Toledo Rockets center Greg Mancz and Leterrius Walton, Central Michigan Chippewas defensive tackle, join Brown as MAC representatives in the game.