Arrington, Rodgers both decline to play

Updated: January 8, 2005, 8:44 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

California running back J.J. Arrington dropped out of the East-West Shrine game Friday while his teammate, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, declined an invitation to participate in the Jan. 15 game at SBC Park in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Arrington rushed for 2,018 yards this season, including 173 in the 45-31 loss to Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl, setting school records for total yardage and 12 consecutive games with 100 yards or more rushing.

No reason was given for his decision.

Rodgers completed 185 of 274 passes for 2,326 yards in his second season as a Cal quarterback. He threw for 23 touchdowns with only seven interceptions and had two rushing touchdowns.

Rodgers had one season of collegiate eligibility left but declared for the NFL draft after the Holiday Bowl. That made him eligible for the Shrine game, which otherwise has only senior players. A roster spot had been left open for him, but he declined the invitation without giving a reason.