February 1st is the “big day” that the nation tunes into to football. However, before the top two NFL teams meet in Super Bowl 49 in Phoenix, a different game will take place across town.
Dubbed “The Game of Honor,” the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT) will be facing Arizona’s NFL alumni on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Shadow Mountain High School. According to WWAFT’s website, “More than 40 Cardinals, Pro Football Hall-of-Famers & NFL Alumni” will be in attendance for the game.
The exhibition game is intended to support the WWAFT’s mission to raise awareness and support for wounded warriors and their families.
Comprised of service members who lost a limb while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, the team uses football as a tool for inspiration and as a way to “highlight the perseverance of our service members (both active and former) who continue to face life’s challenges without excuses.”
Although this is the first time the WWAFT has face Arizona NFL Alumni, it is not the first time they have faced NFL talent. In fact, they have faced NFL alumni prior to the last 3 Super Bowls, as well as teams from Texas, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Washington, and Green Bay. According the their website, “The WWAFT record vs the NFL Alumni currently stands at 9-0… 3-0 at the last three Super Bowls…”
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