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II Marine Expeditionary Force

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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Marines, NFL work mutual support at Pro Bowl

By Sgt. D.R. Cotton | | January 30, 2013

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Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander signs an autograph for Cpl. Charles Vallero, a military policeman with Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Provost Marshal’s Office, after the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. Alexander signed many autographs and posed for pictures with the troops after the game, and he even gave out his email to the troops so they could drop him a line.

Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander signs an autograph for Cpl. Charles Vallero, a military policeman with Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Provost Marshal’s Office, after the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. Alexander signed many autographs and posed for pictures with the troops after the game, and he even gave out his email to the troops so they could drop him a line. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Cpl. Joseph Stewart (left), the property clerk with Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and his fellow servicemembers prepare to march the colors onto the field for the national anthem during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime.

Cpl. Joseph Stewart (left), the property clerk with Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and his fellow servicemembers prepare to march the colors onto the field for the national anthem during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson signs autographs for waiting fans after the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. Peterson nearly broke the single-season NFL rushing record this year, falling only nine yards shy. Peterson stayed long after the game to sign autographs.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson signs autographs for waiting fans after the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. Peterson nearly broke the single-season NFL rushing record this year, falling only nine yards shy. Peterson stayed long after the game to sign autographs. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (left), Chicago Bears DE Julius Peppers (right) and New York Giants DE Jason Pierre Paul joke about the previous defensive series during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (left), Chicago Bears DE Julius Peppers (right) and New York Giants DE Jason Pierre Paul joke about the previous defensive series during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher watches his fellow National Football Conference team defenders prepare for a goal-line stand during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime.

Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher watches his fellow National Football Conference team defenders prepare for a goal-line stand during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander pulls Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller down to the turf during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime.

Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander pulls Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller down to the turf during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph eyes his 2013 Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player award that he received for his performance at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime.

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph eyes his 2013 Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player award that he received for his performance at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton brings the game ball back to the sidelines after scoring a touchdown during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime.

Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton brings the game ball back to the sidelines after scoring a touchdown during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Fans watch in awe as New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz pulls down an improbable catch over defenders during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime.

Fans watch in awe as New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz pulls down an improbable catch over defenders during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green makes a jumping catch as Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman tries to defend during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green makes a jumping catch as Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman tries to defend during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings responds to fans who were shouting at him at the end of a National Football Conference defensive series during the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime.

Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings responds to fans who were shouting at him at the end of a National Football Conference defensive series during the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin signs a pennant and jersey for a young fan sporting his jersey replica during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. Martin was one of the few rookies to make the Pro Bowl this year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin signs a pennant and jersey for a young fan sporting his jersey replica during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. Martin was one of the few rookies to make the Pro Bowl this year. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Hula dancers perform in the pregame show before the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl here at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The hula dancers were accompanied by children playing the Ukulele and the band Train. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime.

Hula dancers perform in the pregame show before the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl here at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The hula dancers were accompanied by children playing the Ukulele and the band Train. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Hawaii-based Marines, Sailors and their families check in before they make their halftime appearance during the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines who participated in the halftime show recently returned from deployment.

Hawaii-based Marines, Sailors and their families check in before they make their halftime appearance during the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. The Marines who participated in the halftime show recently returned from deployment. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Patrick Monahan, the lead singer from Train, sings “Hey, Soul Sister” to a hula performer, while children play the Ukulele at Aloha Stadium during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, Jan. 27. Hawaii-based Marines assisted in prepping the stage for the performers and made their own appearance in the pregame and halftime shows.

Patrick Monahan, the lead singer from Train, sings “Hey, Soul Sister” to a hula performer, while children play the Ukulele at Aloha Stadium during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, Jan. 27. Hawaii-based Marines assisted in prepping the stage for the performers and made their own appearance in the pregame and halftime shows. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws down field during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. Manning started at quarterback and played into the second quarter. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws down field during the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27. Manning started at quarterback and played into the second quarter. The Marines at the Pro Bowl contributed to the festivities with a color guard, stage assistance, a troop formation and a welcoming home for Marines recently returned from deployment at halftime. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning warms up with rookie Pro Bowler and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck at Aloha Stadium before the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, Jan. 27. Luck replaced Manning as Colts quarterback last year, but both took their team to the playoffs and were selected to the Pro Bowl for their superior performance.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning warms up with rookie Pro Bowler and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck at Aloha Stadium before the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, Jan. 27. Luck replaced Manning as Colts quarterback last year, but both took their team to the playoffs and were selected to the Pro Bowl for their superior performance. (Photo by Sgt. D.R. Cotton)


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AIEA, Hawaii -- A long line of men in uniform lunge from one end of a field to another, twisting their torsos with a “dynamic warm-up” in anticipation of physical exertion.  Although this could be a scene from any Marine’s physical training session, these warriors were not preparing to take the field of battle, but the field of play at the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl.

Marines and servicemembers from all other branches took part in the pregame and halftime show here at Aloha Stadium, Jan. 27, where they showed support for the players, fans and those watching at home.

After opening honors with the Hawaii state song and music by Train, joint-service troops marched on the field in service uniforms, followed by a joint-service color guard presenting Old Glory for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Marines also assisted with several logistical tasks, such as stage assembly, that made the event possible.

“We’re out here for everyone who appreciates the military, show them that we’re here for them,” said Cpl. Charles Vallero, a military policeman with Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Provost Marshal’s Office. “It’s important because … a lot of military members grew up watching football.”

Even though the Marines contributed to improve this all-star session of America’s most popular sport, the players had a different aspect of military service that they were appreciative for. 

 “(NFL players) have the utmost respect for (our military), what they do for us on a day-to-day basis, sacrificing their lives, leaving their families and [especially] kids to go away and serve our country,” said Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. “It’s amazing what they do. I’m out here playing football, hitting folks, but I could never take a bullet or shoot people and all that type of stuff. They do an awesome job protecting our country and we love them for what they do.”
 
Along with their families, Marines and other servicemembers who recently returned from deployment were invited onto the field and gratefully welcomed home during the halftime show. Some Marines then had the opportunity to meet their favorite players who epitomize a certain shared foundation of being a Marine and playing football - teamwork.

“(Football) is all about teamwork, when people work together as a team, you can achieve the ultimate goal, same as a deployment,” Vallero said. “You work together as a team and come back home safe.”