BUTTE – The Montana East-West Shrine game is undoubtedly the most historic high school football game in the Treasure State.
For Helena sports hall of famer, and 2003 Shrine Game player Kyle Samson, the memories and friends he made during his week with fellow all-stars is something he still holds to this very day. He reflected about how those experiences still have a part in his life 16 years later.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the kids in Montana,” Samson said. “You’re doing it for a great cause for the Shriners hospital. But definitely growing up it was always a goal you had as a high school football player, wanting to get elected into the Shrine game. It was a lot of fun we practiced here in Butte for a week then we went over to Great Falls for the game when I was a senior in ‘03,” he added. “But you know a lot of my great friends that I still have, I met that week of the Shrine Game that I competed against and then you get a chance to play with, so that’s a lot of fun.”