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MSUM's Gibson to play in East-West Shrine football game

Minnesota State Moorhead wide receiver Damon Gibson. David Samson / The Forum

MOORHEAD—Minnesota State University Moorhead senior football player Damon Gibson has accepted an invitation to play the 93rd East-West Shrine game.

The game will be played at 2 p.m., Jan. 20, 2018, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Gibson, a 6-foot-4, 239-pound tight end from Beardsley, Minn., is the only player from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference who has accepted an invite so far.

"It is an honor and a privilege to play in the East West Shrine Game," Gibson said. "I am excited to represent MSUM with the class and hard work that embodies our program."

The East-West Shrine game is the oldest college football all-star game. Last year, more than 70 players players made final NFL rosters. More than 300 East-West Shrine alumni, on average, are on NFL active rosters each year.

Gibson wrapped up a four-year Dragon career this past fall, where his senior campaign was cut short by injury. Despite missing the final four games, Gibson caught 54 passes for 689 yards and three touchdowns and earned All-NSIC North Division first-team honors for a second straight year.

Gibson leaves MSUM third all-time in receptions with 191. He finished with 3,112 career receiving yards and hauled in 26 career touchdowns.