Atlanta Falcons offensive assistant Ben Steele, along with Mike Caldwell of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, will serve as the head coaches in the 95th annual East-West Shrine Bowl.
The East-West Shrine Bowl is the longest running college all-star football game in the country, and an opportunity for top college players to show off for NFL teams. The Falcons will get an unusually good look at them via Steele.
Steele is a seven-year NFL veteran, who joined the Falcons in 2019 as an offensive assistant after spending the previous five seasons serving as the tight ends coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This past season, Falcons’ tight end Austin Hooper set career highs in receptions (75), receiving yards (787) and receiving touchdowns (six) this season.
”We’re very excited to have Mike Caldwell and Ben Steele as head coaches for our East-West Shrine Bowl all-stars,” said Bob Roller, executive director of the East-West Shrine Bowl. “Ben was a coordinator for our 2019 game and both coaches have ties to the Tampa/St. Pete area. They will lead two strong staffs of NFL assistant coaches that will be invaluable to our players as they begin their own journey to the NFL.”
The 95th annual East-West Shrine Bowl, which features some of college football’s best prospects, will kick off at 3 p.m. on January 18, in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will be televised live on NFL Network.