Green Bay Packers Alumni Play Scrimmage Against Wounded Warriors
Monday, August 12, 2013
The Gray Bull
As an Iraq/Afghanistan veteran myself, I highly respect and appreciate when organizations take the time to support those troops that made such huge sacrifices. I was fortunate enough to not make the ultimate sacrifice, but not a day goes by I don't think about those that have.
The Green Bay Packers Alumni, including Don Beebe, Ahman Green, Chris Jacke, Jerry Kramer, Dave Robinson, Bill Schroeder, Harry Sydney and Randy Wright, challenged the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football team to a flag football scrimmage this past Saturday. The Wounded Warrior team consisted of all U.S. military veterans who lost limbs fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The game took place at Donald J. Schneider Stadium at St. Norbert College, and the proceeds went to the Wounded Warriors program to raise both funds and awareness.
This game was not only a great way to support our troops, but it let the old guys get back out onto the field. Makes me wonder if Howard "Smiley" Johnson was here today, what side would he play on? For those of you who don't know, Smiley gave his life on Iwo Jima in WWII.
The Packers also do an annual military appreciation day (which has caused a lot of havoc with ESPN for not airing a few seconds of the stadium during the events which has the crowd spelling out "Thank You Veterans" and "Thank You Military [see photo above]), where various events take place. They also collect phone cards from fans to send overseas to the troops.
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