Football Writers Association of America Feb. 23, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Larry Dougherty
SID has served Temple for 50 years

PHILADELPHIA (FWAA) – Al Shrier, the longest tenured Sports Information Director (SID) in collegiate athletics with more than 50 years of service to his alma mater, Temple University, will be immortalized with his own bobblehead at the Owls' final home men's basketball game against Xavier University on March 6.

In honor of Shrier's service to the University and in conjunction with the men's basketball "Senior Day" ceremony for All-America candidate David Hawkins, the bobblehead will be given to the first 1,500 fans 50 years-or-older that are in attendance at the game.

"Al Shrier is a Temple institution," stated Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw. "He has done so much for this University and touched the lives of so many that it is with great pride that we take the time to honor him with this kind of tribute."

Besides the Al Shrier bobblehead, fans named "Al" will be able to purchase 50-cent tickets to the Temple-Xavier game. In addition, anyone 50-or-older will be able to purchase tickets for $6. All discounted tickets must be purchased at the Liacouras Center ticket windows. Also, all the on-court promotion contestants during the contest will be 50 years of age or older.

Shrier, a member of the Temple University, Philadelphia Big Five, Pennsylvania Sports, Jewish Sports and CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Hall of Fames, started his SID career immediately following his graduation from Temple in 1953. He has been on the North Broad Street campus ever since, and currently serves as Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics. The media room of Temple's on-campus basketball arena, the Liacouras Center, bears his name, one of the many honors he has received in a career of service to student-athletes. Besides his work at Temple, Shrier has been involved in various organizations, and currently serves as the President of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.