Wounded Warriors top NFL stars in flag football game in Tampa
More than 50 current and former NFL players were on hand Wednesday night to honor a group of veterans for their service and sacrifice.
By Andrew Astleford
A group of NFL alumni were routed in a flag football game Wednesday night.
And the score didn't matter one bit.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee football team, comprised of former service members who are now using a prosthetic device to engage in everyday life activities, faced former NFL players at Tampa's Plant High School in one of the best feel-good stories you'll see. More than 50 current and former NFL players -- including Hall of Fame defensive end Jack Youngblood, Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson and former Tampa Bay stars fullback Mike Alstott and defensive tackle Brad Culpepper -- were present to honor the veterans on a night that became a large "thank you" for service and sacrifice.
"People think that we are warriors," Youngblood told Bay News 9. "No, we're not warriors. These guys are warriors."
NFL stars, too often, are referred to as heroes. On Wednesday, everyone present received a glimpse of the true kind.
Before the game, Humana donated $100,000 to the Wounded Warrior Amputee football team, which improved to 7-0 against NFL alumni.
No one will recall the score. Everyone will remember the true heroes' impact.