In the spirit of honoring and remembering those heroes who fought and still fight today to protect our country, the Pro Football Hall of Fame presents the “Pro Football and the American Spirit” exhibit at FedExField.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Vice President of Communications and Exhibits, Joe Horrigan was on hand at the exhibit to answer questions and give detailed information.
“The exhibit is a celebration of the NFL players who served during times of crisis during the wars: World War II, Korea,Vietnam, and theMiddle East,” Horrigan said. “The popular misconception is that players have not fulfilled their military duty in some instance.”
According to Horrigan, more than 1,200 NFL players put their careers on pause to join the armed forces. Twenty-one of those players lost their lives during World War II, and two lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
One player lost his life in the conflict in the Middle East: former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman.
Of the over 1,200 former players who have served for their country, three won the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest form of recognition a soldier can receive.
The Washington Redskins organization has seen its fair share of players honorably serve their country. Thirty-five former Redskins players fought and served in the Korean War, and two in the Vietnam War.
“The stories we tell here are really a chronology of the participation not only of just the players, but of the NFL itself,” Horrigan said.
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