The San Diego Chargers have a long standing relationship with the city’s military. They continued that support on Tuesday by bussing in a few hundred troops from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to watch practice and meet the team. Not only that, the Charger invited the troops’ families to join them as well.
“It was great to see the military and their families out here (and also see) the players signing autographs and really thanking those people who really protect us,” said Mike McCoy.
“It’s always good to have them out here,” said the fourth-year running back. “They support us and we support them 100-percent back. For them to come here and spend their time off with us, it’s great.”
The thrill obviously wasn’t limited to just the Chargers but was felt by all troops in attendance.
“I think it’s phenomenal that the Chargers did this,” said Staff Sergeant Chris McBride, who came along with his wife and two young daughters. “It shows a deep down respect that they have for the military. And the feeling is mutual for us. We have nothing but respect for them for allowing us to come out here, watch them and get them to sign autographs. It means the world to us. So I want them to know that we have their backs since they have ours. I also appreciate that they respect more than just us. They allowed my family to be a part of this experience. There’s a rock behind every man and for me that’s my family. So to have them here with me gives me more respect for the Chargers.”
Many of those in attendance grew up in San Diego, so the opportunity to see their hometown team made it extra special.
“This means a lot to me because I’ve been a Chargers fan for 20 years and I’ve never been able to go to a Chargers game,” said Sergeant Jonathan Myers. “So to come to one of the practices is a huge thing for me. I’ve never imagined the intricacies that go into practice and the hard work they put in.”