Chiefs players took on some soldiers Tuesday for a friendly competition during a Pros vs. GI Joes program.
The Kansas City Chiefs took a time out to play some video games against some soldiers thousands of miles away and the message was simple – the Chiefs were doing a little for those who do a lot.
It sounded Tuesday just like kids having fun in their parent's basement, but the sounds were of Chiefs players getting fired up about playing video games and their opponents were wounded veterans thousands of miles away.
"Being able to see their faces. They are so far away, so many miles away, but they are fighting for our lives," Defensive Lineman Dontari Poe said. "This opportunity to me personally to play a game and just to see them, it's a good thing."
The program is called Pro vs. GI Joe. It matches troops against "pros" and brings them together in a real-time video game competition. The veterans on screen are in Germany at the USO Warrior Center recovering from their injuries.
"I enjoyed it a lot. I didn't do very well. They got the best of me. It was fun and we enjoyed being able to do that," Defensive End Glenn Dorsey said.
The program's founder said he started it five years ago with NFL players across the country after he married his wife who was in the military.
"When I met my wife she taught me a lot and brought me into that world. And I truly believe that people that don't serve owe to those who do," said founder of the Pro vs. GI Joe program Greg Zinone.
Army veteran Justin Pullin was burned on 60 percent of his body during an explosion and now lives in Texas with his family. He said he's a proud Chiefs fan.
"My wife was born in Olathe, KS, and her father is a big Chiefs fan. I had to (win over my father-in-law). We got married quickly so I'm doing what I can to make up I guess," Pullin said.
It meant a lot to Pullin to see his favorite players on the screen.
"We thank them too for taking time out of their day, to come down and show their support for the troops," he said.
Dorsey said he couldn't pursue his passion every Sunday if it weren't for the brave soldiers.
"It means a lot because they are risking their lives to help me do what I love to do. It's special to come and interact with them and they risk so much for us. It's truly a blessing what they do," Dorsey said.
This is the second year the Pro vs. GI Joe program has made a stop at Arrowhead Stadium and the Chiefs hope it becomes an annual tradition.
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