For 22 years, the Chargers have held a special Salute to the Military. On Saturday they'll honor our service men and women at Qualcomm Stadium during the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. On Friday, they took their show on the road for a special walk-through practice at MCAS Miramar in front of marines and their families.
"It's huge because they do so much for us as a country," said linebacker Larry English. "It's great for us to get a chance to come out and give back and show our support."
The Chargers spent time after practice signing autorgraphs and chatting with the warriors. In the minds of the players, this is the least they can do to say thanks for the sacrifices marines make.
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"What these guys do for us is outstanding," said offensive guard Kris Dielman. "It's just a great way for us to come out here and show how much we appreciate it and that we're behind them and we hope everyone gets home safe."
As for the marines themselves? They appreciate the opportunity to get to know some of the athletes they watch on TV.
"Everybody is really grateful," said Sergeant Charles Odom. "I mean, we do work really hard here and for them to notice every single year is really nice."
The Chargers have been coming to Miramar since 2007. It's probably not a coincidence the Bolts have won their division every single year. It's hard to find individuals who inspire more than the men and women of the United States Military.