Victorville Army Veteran John Chambliss Jr. said the opportunity to play Madden video football against Rams players in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 at SoFi Stadium is a moment that he will relish for the rest of his life.
Chambliss served in The United States Army from 2002 until 2008 and then served in the National Guard from 2008 until retiring in 2013.
“It just means a lost that they would remember us Veterans past and present and to bring us out here to their stadium play a video game and hang out personnel and players,” Chambliss told Inglewood Today. “ It means a lot to the people that I lost and I am still honoring to this day. It’s just not me, but the other Veterans that I am thinking about who past away, its just an opportunity that I am getting that he’s not and we all made that sacrifice.”
He continued; “It’s just gratitude, it just thankful. Feel like you’re appreciated and words can’t explain what they are doing for us today.”
The Rams invited two veterans with the Wounded Warrior Project to SoFi Stadium to participate in a Madden 21 gaming match with Rams Offensive Guard Austin Corbett and Defensive Lineman Morgan Fox. The match was be played on the stadium videoboard and each of the Rams players participated virtually over Zoom.
The players and Veterans were displayed on the stadium’s 70,000 square foot videoboard while the veterans are positioned on the field level of the stadium.
Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices. It was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I.