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Wile_E_Coyote
02-03-2005, 09:13 AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- As he recovered from a wound in Iraq, Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Berninger figured he would watch the Super Bowl on television and cheer for his New England Patriots.
It turns out that he will have a much better seat for the game.

The Cleveland Browns have donated Super Bowl tickets to 50 U.S. Marines who recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan or are about to be deployed for active duty in those nations.

"I have never been so surprised and grateful for a gift like this, even on Christmas morning," said Berninger of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. "I am definitely a New Englander and have never been to a college game or an NFL game, let alone the Super Bowl. I can't wait to go root on my team."
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The Browns' donation - Super Bowl tickets are priced at $500 and $600 apiece - will go to Marines currently serving at Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Parris Island, S.C.; Reserve Command in New Orleans and U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla. The donation is an extension of the club's "Hats Off to Our Heroes" program that honors members of the military.

"It was a wonderful act to see an organization that appreciates the contributions these young Marines are making to our country," said Col. Jim Walker, secretary to the commandant of the Marine Corps. "This will truly be a special event for Marines who otherwise never would have thought about attending a Super Bowl."

The Browns have a special connection to the Corps. Late owner Al Lerner was a first lieutenant in the Marines from 1955-57. The club flies the Marine flag outside its team offices in Berea, Ohio, participates in the "Toys for Tots" program and Marine jets do ceremonial fly-overs as part of pregame festivities during the season.

"This is but a small gesture for some of the men and women of our country who have so selflessly devoted themselves to the service of our nation," the club said in a statement.

Iowanian
02-03-2005, 09:42 AM
Thats a pretty class act by that organization.

I'll bet it was the idea of that Selfless Soldier they've got playing TE.

HC_Chief
02-03-2005, 09:44 AM
Sweet. Hopefully more teams will follow-suit.

Phobia
02-03-2005, 10:18 AM
My timing always sucks. I'm only a little over a decade tardy for that bonus....

All I got was some pie.

Iowanian
02-03-2005, 10:19 AM
MRE Crackers with A Jelly Packet, does not a Pie make, Phildo.

Phobia
02-03-2005, 10:20 AM
MRE Crackers with A Jelly Packet, does not a Pie make, Phildo.

It was pie to us, damnit.

Iowanian
02-03-2005, 10:21 AM
You probably still think a spoon full of coffee creamer, a shot glass of water and a spork of cocoa mix is chocolate pudding too.

Phobia
02-03-2005, 10:23 AM
You probably still think a spoon full of coffee creamer, a shot glass of water and a spork of cocoa mix is chocolate pudding too.

You should have seen what they used to call "eggs".

Phobia
02-03-2005, 10:25 AM
I hope this guy gets one of those tickets.

Calcountry
02-03-2005, 10:49 AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- As he recovered from a wound in Iraq, Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Berninger figured he would watch the Super Bowl on television and cheer for his New England Patriots.
It turns out that he will have a much better seat for the game.

The Cleveland Browns have donated Super Bowl tickets to 50 U.S. Marines who recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan or are about to be deployed for active duty in those nations.

"I have never been so surprised and grateful for a gift like this, even on Christmas morning," said Berninger of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. "I am definitely a New Englander and have never been to a college game or an NFL game, let alone the Super Bowl. I can't wait to go root on my team."
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The Browns' donation - Super Bowl tickets are priced at $500 and $600 apiece - will go to Marines currently serving at Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Parris Island, S.C.; Reserve Command in New Orleans and U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla. The donation is an extension of the club's "Hats Off to Our Heroes" program that honors members of the military.

"It was a wonderful act to see an organization that appreciates the contributions these young Marines are making to our country," said Col. Jim Walker, secretary to the commandant of the Marine Corps. "This will truly be a special event for Marines who otherwise never would have thought about attending a Super Bowl."

The Browns have a special connection to the Corps. Late owner Al Lerner was a first lieutenant in the Marines from 1955-57. The club flies the Marine flag outside its team offices in Berea, Ohio, participates in the "Toys for Tots" program and Marine jets do ceremonial fly-overs as part of pregame festivities during the season.

"This is but a small gesture for some of the men and women of our country who have so selflessly devoted themselves to the service of our nation," the club said in a statement.Thats awesome, way to go. :thumb:

Ari Chi3fs
02-03-2005, 11:47 AM
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