San Diego, California - An annual tradition continued last week as the San Diego Chargers held their pre-game walk-thru at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Instead of practice as usual, the Chargers spent the afternoon with Sailors, Marines and their families showing their support to the armed services.
Chargers signed autographs, took pictures and even played some football with members of the Miramar Falcons football team.
“It’s an honor and privilege to be here,” said Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco. “We’re very fortunate to be part of the NFL and live the lives we do. But we cannot do it without the men and women who support our country. So there are a lot of sacrifices they make with their families and everything they do for the better of the country. So we’re very fortunate.”
Spending time with the troops was also meaningful to a number of players coming from military families.
“A lot of my family has been in the military so I know what they’re going through,” said Reggie Walker. “My mom and dad were both in the army, and my brother is in the air force. So to be able to give back in any way possible always means a lot.”
The visit held significance to the service members as well. “This really makes us feel special,” said John Farnam, commanding officer of the Air Station. “To a lot of our people, you see the Chargers on TV and think they are larger than life. Then you get to meet them and you realize they are larger than life because they are tremendous individuals. You saw Philip Rivers throwing passes to members of our football team here at Miramar, and that’s an experience they will never forget.”