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NFL Makes Amends
The NFL has come around. I spent every free moment I had today and last night working the phones calling every number I could find for the NFL to find out why they were excluding our troops from remaining in the stadium to watch the game after presenting the colors at the opening ceremonies of the Super Bowl. Well, it finally paid off.
I spoke with NFL spokesman Greg Aiello a little over an hour ago and he assured me that the NFL was going to do the right thing. He then sent me an official statement via email:
After speaking with our military liaison for the color guard, we are going to take care of it. The members of the color guard (12 people) will watch the game in the stadium. The background is this:
The members of the color guard have always been our guests at a Super Bowl party in a compound on the stadium grounds where they watch the game on big-screen TVs and enjoy food and beverage. That is how we have done it every year. The military provides an intra-service color guard as part of our pre-game tribute to the military that also includes the military fly-over of the stadium. Then we arrange a place for the color guard to watch the game along with other pre-game and halftime show participants (more than 2,000 people). Our longstanding support of the military is a proud NFL tradition, including numerous NFL players and coaches traveling overseas with the USO to visit troops. Last summer, Commissioner Goodell, Drew Brees, and Osi Umenyiora went on a USO trip to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen.
Since we had not heard about this directly from the military, we contacted our military liaison for the color guard immediately to discuss it.
I don’t mean to imply that the NFL doesn’t support our troops. We all know that no combat Soldier is a REAL combat Soldier unless they’ve seen the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. The NFL does a LOT for our troops, but I couldn’t stomach their decision to not allow our troops to remain and watch the game. I’m giving the NFL the benefit of the doubt here. They have made huge contributions of talent to America Supporters You and the USO. But, come on, they get to watch the game on a big screen TV?! That could have been done ANYWHERE!! I’m glad they’re fixing this because those troops deserve to be treated like celebrities for making REAL contributions to their country and not just playing music or pretending to be somebody on TV.
This is good news. I can now buy Pepsi again! Since I’ve asked you to call and email the NFL Commissioner to complain, I’d now like to urge to call and email your thanks for changing their position. The information is HERE.