Future Tigers learn real meaning of Shrine Bowl
Kelly Bryant with Taylor Rogers
GREENVILLE – Clemson commitment Kelly Bryant Kelly Bryant
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Bryant, along with four other Clemson commits, toured the state-of-the-art acute care Shriners Hospital and mingled with patients before sitting down for lunch. Bryant (Wren High School), Albert Huggins Albert Huggins
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View Full Profile (Boiling Springs) and Kaleb Chalmers Kaleb Chalmers
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The 78th Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College. The game is played to help raise money and promote awareness for the hospital.
“This is a great experience just to be able to see what the Shriners Hospital does for everyone,” Bryant said. “I’m just thankful that I can be here and I want to make the most of this opportunity (this week).”
Bryant, a 4-star dual-threat quarterback recruit, threw for over 3,500 yards, 41 touchdown and 10 interceptions during his senior season. He added over 700 yards and 14 more scores on the ground.
One of the former patients there to see some of his future heroes was 8-year-old Taylor Rogers, who has been a lifelong Clemson fan. His parents, Rebecca and Matthew, graduated from Clemson in 2003 and 2004, respectively.
Taylor was a patient back in March after suffering a broken arm while playing football. Doctors performed procedures to help him regain full range of motion.
“Since Taylor does play football and is a Clemson fan, he’s been real excited and looking forward to this,” Matthew said. “He wouldn’t be playing football now without the Shriners Hospital. Hopefully, he can follow in the footsteps of some of these guys and be a Tiger himself.”
Taylor is in the third grade at Woodland Elementary in Greer.
“It’s a blessing to be here today and I see how blessed I am,” Huggins said. “I didn’t know about this hospital before, so this is going to give me more motivation.”
Albert Huggins with Taylor
Huggins, a 4-star defensive end recruit, recorded 73 tackles and 10 sacks during his senior season.
“My adopted brother (Anthony) is a patient here, so I’ve known about this hospital for a while,” said Green, who is a 4-star offensive tackle recruit. “Me and my offensive line at Boiling Springs came over here and visited a couple of times this summer. They do wonderful things here.”
Shriners Hospitals for Children is an international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. They provide care for thousands of kids with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the patient's ability to pay.