Wyoming's Goldberg to Play in the Rotary Gridiron Classic

Jan. 23, 2003


University of Wyoming senior offensive tackle Adam Goldberg will be participating in the Rotary Gridiron Classic College All-Star Game this coming Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The game is scheduled to kick off at noon, Mountain time (2 p.m., Eastern time) and will be televised live on ESPN2.

Now in its fifth year, the Rotary Gridiron Classic pits Team Florida vs. Team USA. Team Florida consists primarily of college seniors who are either natives of the state of Florida or played at a college in Florida. Team USA features outstanding seniors from across the United States.

Mike Kruczek, head coach at the University of Central Florida, will coach Team Florida. Ralph Friedgen, head coach at the University of Maryland, will coach Team USA. Their coaching staffs will consist of 12 coaches from NFL Europe.

Goldberg, a 6-7, 330-pound offensive tackle from Edina, Minn., earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors for the second consecutive season in 2002. He also was selected to the Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List prior to the 2002 season. He ended his Wyoming career having started 44 of 45 career games. The only career game he didn't start was the 2001 season opener versus Furman due to illness. He started all 12 games in 2002 at left offensive tackle.

One of the premier offensive linemen in the Mountain West Conference in 2001. He earned First Team All-Conference honors as a junior in voting by MWC head football coaches. Goldberg is one of only five Cowboy Football players in school history to be named a team captain as a junior. Goldberg, along with Galand Thaxton (1986), Marques Brigham (1997), Casey Bramlet (2002) and Ryan McGuffey (2002) are the only UW juniors in the elite group.

His sophomore season, Goldberg started all 11 games at right tackle for the Cowboys, earning Second Team All-MWC honors.

As a redshirt freshman in 1999, Goldberg started all 11 games at left tackle. His first career start came against defending national champion Tennessee in Knoxville in the first game of the 1999 season.

Joining Goldberg on the Team USA squad are quarterbacks Brooks Bollinger of Wisconsin and Nate Hybl of Oklahoma. Team Florida will feature Alabama quarterback Tyler Watts.

Among some of the outstanding players who have participated in past Rotary Gridiron Classics are: Daunte Culpepper, current quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, and Mike Anderson, current running back for the Denver Broncos.

Former University of Wyoming wide receiver Wendell Montgomery played in the Rotary Gridiron Classic following the 1999 season.

More information on this year's Rotary Gridiron Classic can be found at the official website: www.fcsports.com/events/gridiron/gridiron-body.shtml.