NFL Pro Bowl stars, Hawaii military share spotlight

| February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Adm. Cecil Haney (left), commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, prepares to flip the ceremonial coin, as NFC Captain Jeff Saturday (right, #63), Green Bay Packers, calls out the coin toss for the NFC before the start of the 2013 Pro Bowl, at Aloha Stadium, Sunday, with the support of NFL game officials and Charles Tillman (2nd right, #33),  NFC co-captain, also participating.  The NFC prevailed 62-35 over the AFC in the annual all-star contest.

Adm. Cecil Haney (left), commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, prepares to flip the ceremonial coin, as NFC Captain Jeff Saturday (right, #63), Green Bay Packers, calls out the coin toss for the NFC before the start of the 2013 Pro Bowl, at Aloha Stadium, Sunday, with the support of NFL game officials and Charles Tillman (2nd right, #33), NFC co-captain, also participating. The NFC prevailed 62-35 over the AFC in the annual all-star contest.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. John Johnson III
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU — The National Football League honored military members from all branches during the Pro Bowl, played at Aloha Stadium, here, Sunday.

This year’s “Salute to Service” program was part of the NFL’s ongoing effort to recognize military service members.

The annual game featured top NFL players, chosen for the game by fans and coaches.

The 2013 Pro Bowl began with a coin toss between Army leaders and a performance of the National Anthem by rhythm and blues superstar Brian McKnight.

Soldiers received a special tribute during halftime when the NFL showcased more than 1,000 service members on the football field.

“I thought the Pro Bowl halftime show, featuring service members and their families, was touching and captured the support and warmth we feel from the local community throughout the year,” said Lt. Col. Glenn Woolgar, G4, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

Pro Bowl 2013 kicked off with a military color guard and later continued with the NFL’s “Salute to Service” program halftime show, during which more than 1,000 service members walked out onto the field with their family members and helped move equipment.

Pro Bowl 2013 kicked off with a military color guard and later continued with the NFL’s “Salute to Service” program halftime show, during which more than 1,000 service members walked out onto the field with their family members and helped move equipment.

Soldiers, spouses and children expressed appreciation and excitement having the game in such close proximity to their home.

“It’s my dream to live in Hawaii and attend the Pro Bowl every year. I am just enjoying this game, and I hope it comes back next year,” said Spc. Hackett William, supply clerk, who attended the game with his wife Jennifer.

Sunday’s game culminated a week of Pro Bowl activities throughout Oahu, which included special military events.

The National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC) practiced at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 23, and players took ample time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with service and family members.

A visit to Schofield Barracks, Jan. 24, featured stops at Wheeler Middle School and a lunch with members of the Wounded Warriors Battalion (see photos, p. B-4).

Players also held their final practices before thousands of fans, including busloads of Soldiers and family members from Schofield Barracks, during “Ohana (Family) Day,” at Aloha Stadium, Saturday.

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