Packers host Salute to Service Flag Football Tournament

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. - The Packers are saluting our service members by hosting a flag football tournament. 

Five teams, one from each branch of the military, battled it out on the gridiron for bragging rights and more. It's football in the shadow of Lambeau Field.

"I don't think we could ask for any more. This is a great facility and we appreciate having the opportunity to come over here and put on a nice tournament," said Ryan Fencl, Packers Youth Football coordinator. 

The first Salute to Service Flag Football tournament in the Titletown District has service members ready to grab some bragging rights. 

"It's always in our spirit to be competitive, to try to win every game we can,” said Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Marc Moore of the Coast Guard. 

"If you're not out here to win, I mean, the Navy's never lost, so we're just like them. We just want to win, that's all we're about,” said Petty Officer First Class Ross Brueggeman of the Navy. 

While it's not too hard to get military members to be competitive, they have an extra incentive to give it their all. $2000 goes to the moral fund of the winner and $1000 goes to the runner up.

"The prize, it's going to be good when we win it," said Brueggeman.

While the prize would be nice, many say just getting to spend time with their military brothers is its own reward.

"Good camaraderie, be able to get together and play with the other services, get to meet new people. That's what it's really about. You get to thank them for their service as well," said Moore. 

The Packers say they hope they can make this salute an annual tradition.

In the championship game, Air Force topped Navy 45-to-35.
 

 

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