The Washington Redskins cafeteria turned into a temporary game room Monday morning, as active duty members serving overseas connected over Skype and Xbox with several Redskins to play video games as part of Pros vs. Joes.
Hosted by Redskins Salute, Pros vs. GI Joes — presented by Xbox and EA Sports– was founded by Greg Zinone seven years ago and has become a recurring event within the sports community. Connected over the internet, athletes play video games in the United States alongside family members and teammates, able to see their military members on television as they battle online.
Linebackers Perry Riley Jr. and Will Compton, defensive lineman Chris Baker, offensive tackle Trent Williams, long snapper Nick Sundberg and kicker Kai Forbath competed with active duty stationed at home and at Wounded Warriors Centers in Germany and Afghanistan.
“You see it with the troops, you see it’s a big thing for them,” Zinone said. “Over there in the Wounded Warriors Center, they sit down and see one of these athletes, it’s just big. Guys are in the Afghanistan, back and forth, they come down, all of a sudden they’re playing these athletes.”
“It’s pretty cool playing a video game of what they do,” said Compton. “It means a lot. We’re able to do this because of them. We’re very thankful.”
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