LONG BRANCH, N.J. –Miles Shuler grew up at the Jersey Shore and starred at quarterback for Long Branch High School. In eight days, the Rutgers wide receiver will have one of his biggest opportunities to give back to his roots and is excited to do so.
Shuler and the rest of the Scarlet Knights will devote the day of their spring game to supporting Hurricane Sandy victims and raising awareness. For Shuler, it means putting on the best show possible for those in attendance and wearing the “Long Branch” name on the back of his uniform while doing so.
“It’s really exciting,” Shuler said. “Everybody talks to me and they’re always wondering ‘oh how’s Long Branch doing, how’s the Shore doing.’ Everybody is concerned and everybody is supporting, so that’s really good.”
The entire Rutgers roster will don the names of New Jersey downs affected by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation last fall and Rutgers will welcome donations from fans in attendance to pass along to said towns.
Shuler was a part of a Friday afternoon press conference in Long Branch to raise awareness and promote the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
“It’s a long way to go and we need more money for this and that’s our main focus,” Shuler said. “That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing today.”
Rutgers was active in drawing support for Sandy victims and will do so next Saturday in a variety of ways. Rutgers requests a recommended $5 donation at the High Point Solutions Stadium gates. It will also wear “Jersey Strong” helmets based on a logo t-shirt design that raised more than $150,000 .
“Since Hurricane Sandy struck, there’s been a lot of people that have helped along the way but there’s still a lot of help that’s needed,” said Rutgers coach Kyle Flood. “There’s no doubt that New Jersey and the Shore will be back better than ever all over our state, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”