Shriners All-Star Football Game

Jette up for the cause

By Mike Carraggi
Globe Correspondent / June 17, 2011

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The commute from Martha’s Vineyard to Westwood is hardly convenient, but Randall Jette has made it worth his while.

The senior defensive back will suit up for the South squad in tonight’s Shriners All-Star Football Game at Gillette Stadium at 7. And the cause is more than enough for Jette to not miss a day of the two-week practice period at Xaverian High.

“The cause really helps you get up in the morning, get to the boat a little earlier,’’ said Jette. “It’s so much more than just a game.’’

The game, in its 33d year, features 100 of the state’s top seniors on the gridiron. The proceeds go to those in need at Shriners Hospital in Boston, which specializes in the care of young burn victims. For the second straight year, Gillette is hosting the event; the game drew 3,500 spectators last year.

The head coach of the North All-Stars is Shawsheen’s Al Costabile, who won the Division 4 Super Bowl in 2010. The South is coached by Norwell’s Jim Sullivan, who is retiring after 22 seasons.

“It’s an incredible, incredible honor to have this be my last game,’’ said Sullivan. “As I said at the banquet [Wednesday] night, you really grasp the humility of every person working the game because of what they are trying to do.’’

The halftime show will be performed by the Spirit of America Band, which performs globally. Charles Adu-Sante and Jasmine Tilton, patients at the hospital, will be the game’s king and queen.

“You visit the hospital and see what they can do with people who are seriously burned, and over 33 years, it keeps you going,’’ said game director Paul Costello.