World War II veterans were recently invited to the University of Oregon’s football practice. They met with the players and shared their stories. In a video by GoDucks.com, a few vets recount their service and also pledge their allegiance to the Ducks.
“I’m an Oregonian now, so I’m quite a Ducks fan and also a Blazers fan, I might add,” one veteran laughs.
The university first invited veterans to the Spring Game in 2010. UO athletics spokesperson Andy McNamara says former coach Chip Kelly created the spring event to show appreciation for the military and current coach Mark Helfrich continued it to make it an annual tradition.
The video is from practice last week and the veterans from Central Oregon will be present at the 2014 Spring Game on Saturday at 11 a.m.