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Kansas Shrine Bowl Fun Facts

Through the years, the Shrine Bowl, which features 68 of the top high school football players in the state, has showcased many of Kansas’ all-time greats, including several who have gone on to enjoy great success at the collegiate and professional levels.  Listed below is one man’s list of the top 25 players in the first 25 years of the Shrine Bowl.  The list is based not only on what players did in the Shrine Bowl, but also takes into consideration what they did after moving on to the collegiate, and in some cases, the pro level.  The Top 25 are listed in alphabetical order:


      BROOKS BARTA, Smith center (1988) - Barta, now the head coach at Holton, became an all-conference linebacker at Kansas State.

      MIKE BELL, Wichita Carroll (1975) - Bell starred at Colorado State and was a standout defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs for many seasons.

      LAMAR CHAPMAN, Liberal (1995) - Chapman led Liberal to a state championship as a quarterback/defensive back and has gone on to establish himself as one of the nation’s premier defensive backs at Kansas State.

      TONY CHERICO, S. M. Northwest (1983) - Cherico went on to star at Arkansas as an offensive lineman.

      PAUL COFFMAN, Chase (1974) - Coffman starred at tiny Chase before going on to a standout career at K-State and a long career in the NFL with Green Bay and the Chiefs.

      MICHAEL COSEY, Lawrence (1992) - One of the top running backs in state history,
Cosey was a part of three class 6A championship teams at Lawrence.  He went on to be a standout at Fort Scott Community College and Southwest Missouri State.

      KEITH DeLONG, Lawrence (1985) - After graduating from Lawrence, DeLong went on to become an All-American at Tennessee and was a first round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers.

      TOM DINKEL, Shawnee Heights (1974) - Dinkel was a standout linebacker at Kansas and went on to play in the Super Bowl for the Cincinnati Bengals.

      ROY FOSTER, S. M. West (1978) - Agile enough to play fullback at S.M. West, Foster went on to star at USC and was an all-Pro guard for the Miami Dolphins.

      MATT GEE, Arkansas City (1988) - After leaving Ark City, Gee, also a state champion in track, went on to a productive career as a linebacker at USC.

      CURTIS HUGHES, KC-Wyandotte (1983) - The trio of Hughes, Less Miller and Grady Newton combined for one of the Shrine Bowl’s all-time great defensive games in ’83.  Hughes went on to play for a time at K-State and later became a professional wrestler.

      GREG KOLENDA, KC-Ward (1976) - The star lineman went on to become an All-American offensive lineman at Arkansas.

      KYLE McNORTON, Seaman (1978) - McNorton went on to be a standout linebacker at KU and played briefly for the Chiefs.

      LES MILLER - Arkansas City (1983) - Miller had an outstanding Shrine game in ’83 and played collegially at K-State and Fort Hays State before embarking on a still-active NFL career as a defensive lineman.

      JIM MOORE, Garden City (1992) - A two-time All-State pick at Garden City, Moore was a  multi-year starter at tight end for KU.  Moore has had NFL looks with the Tennessee Oilers and Chiefs.

      GRADY NEWTON, Bonner Springs (1983) - After starring in the ’83 game, Newton went on to a productive career at K-State.

      PAUL OSWALD, Hayden (1982) - Oswald went on to become a solid offensive lineman at KU and had a short career with the Pittsburg Steelers.

      MIKE RINGGENBERG, Manhattan (1988) - After starring at Manhattan, Ringgenberg was a solid performer at linebacker for Missouri.

      BARRY SANDERS, Wichita North (1986) - Without a doubt the top performer in the history of the Shrine game.  Sanders set a single-game Shrine Bowl rushing record, won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma State and is now on his way to the NFL Hall of Fame as a running back for Detroit Lions.

      BRIAN SHAY, Paola (1995) - Since leading Paola to a Class 4A championship, Shay has gone on to become a record-setting All-American running back at Emporia State.

      MARK SIMONEAU, Smith Center (1995) - After starring at Smith Center as both a running back and linebacker, Simoneau has become one of the Big 12’s premier linebackers at K-State.

      JEFF SMITH, Wichita Southeast (1980) - Smith became a star I-back at Nebraska and had a short NFL career.

      GARY SPANI, Manhattan (1974) - Spani was a standout linebacker at K-State and then played nine seasons, eight as a starter, for the Chiefs.

      KENDALL TRAINOR, Fredonia (1985) - The Fredonia star went on to become an All-American kicker at Arkansas.

      NYLE WIREN, Wichita Northwest (1992) - Wiren was a virtual unknown when he played in the Shrine Bowl, but had a good game and went on to become an all-conference defensive lineman at K-State.

2010Posted by Jacob Marintzer|Kansas Shrine Bowl|