Huddle Up With Veteran Amputees And NFL Alums During This Special Matchup
With the competitive juices of Super Bowl Sunday still pumping today, it's a great time to look back at this story, of another competitive football game between two very talented teams: former NFL players on one side, and Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team on the other.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT) is made up of veterans of multiple branches of the military who lost limbs during their service, some of whom use prosthetic devices in their everyday lives. Its mission is to uplift and provide inspiration: "By showcasing our team on the football field, the WWAFT seeks to inspire our fans and highlight the perseverance of our service members (both active and former) who continue to face life's challenges without excuses."
During the matchup between the WWAFT and a group of former NFL players, we were able to talk to several participants. It became clear that the WWAFT achieves its mission in a simple and straightforward manner—by showing up and competing, with an unwavering positive attitude.
Brian Mitchell, a former NFL running back who played in the matchup, felt moved by his interactions with the WWAFT players.
"We complain about minor things," Brian says, "and then you look at the stuff that they're dealing with, and they have a smile on their face all day." Of course, beyond the game itself, the WWAFT represents the brave men and women of the armed forces who volunteer to protect our country. "We are blessed because of what they do for us," Brian concluded.
Watch the video to see the final score (it's close!). And to find more information about Wounded Warriors Amputee Football Team, go to http://www.wwaft.org/.