Thousands watch Wounded Warriors take on former NFL greats

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
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PHOENIX -- During the week of the Super Bowl, the Valley is also bustling with many charity events. One of those is the Wounded Warrior flag football game, played between former NFL greats and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team.

The mission of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team is to raise awareness and support for wounded warriors and their families. It's made of up service members who have served and are now using a prosthetic device to engage in everyday life activities.

3TV's own Javier Soto took part in the big event Wednesday night at Shadow Mountain High School.

ESPN commentator Kenny Mayne and rapper Snoop Dogg also joined Army, Navy, Marine Corp and Air Force veterans to play the team of retired NFL players.

The game was called "A Tribute to Heroes, Game of Honor." Folks were lined up well before the big game, and it was estimated close to 10,000 people were crowded into the stadium.

Before the game started, fans created a tunnel with flags for the veterans to enter the field through from their bus. In addition, the VFW Riders led them into the parking lot.

All proceeds from the game go to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and the Veteran's Initiatives of Arizona.

Snoop Dogg didn't perform on a stage, but he sure performed on the field. The rapper, whose father was a Vietnam vet, snagged a few passes from Kenny Mayne and even intercepted a pass by former ASU and Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer, to help the Warriors win!

The Warriors beat the NFL Alums 58-21.

More highlights of the night? Mike Golic, former NFL defensive lineman and co-host of ESPN's "Mike & Mike," donated two Super Bowl tickets to be awarded to one of the Wounded Warriors in a drawing.

And ASU coaching legend Frank Kush and Sun Devil great Danny White served as honorary coaches. 

Humana donated $250,000 that will benefit the Wounded Warrior football team, as well as several other disabled veteran organizations around our state.

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The WWAFT visits various cities across the country to play exhibition games with current and retired professional athletes.  Taking on the best athletes is well within the scope of the WWAFT and emphasizes the fact that all veterans are able to contribute at home, ready to excel in the work place and continue to be great patriots and ambassadors for best country in the world.