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Woody, Jets Support Troops in Kabul FB Tourney

Posted by Randy Lange on November 22, 2012 – 6:18 pm

Thanksgiving football is alive and well today, in the NFL with three games, crowned by Jets-New England at MetLife Stadium tonight, as well as at numerous colleges and high schools around the country.

And let’s not forget Kabul, Afghanistan.

That was the venue half a world away for today’s Kabul Ultimate Football Tournament, a 7-on-7 extravaganza featuring five teams and involving as many as 70 U.S. soldiers  and members of Coalition forces and played under the rules of ultimate football.

And the New York Jets were a big presence at the big day, which even included a tailgate section set up for breakfast.

U.S. Army Col. John Sheard is a rabid fan and great friend of the Green & White and owner Woody Johnson. He’s a New Jersey resident whose duties include supervision of all aircraft assigned to the New Jersey National Guard as well as recruitment programs and promotion. He’s in Afghanistan for six months reviewing all helicopter operations there.

Col. Sheard hatched plans for the tournament back in September, always envisioning it to be held this morning in Afghanistan, well ahead of tonight’s Jets-Patriots game. His main objective for the event was to increase morale of the troops in Kabul, supporting both American soldiers and members of the 49 Coalition forces in the country.

He has worked with the Jets marketing department in the past, and when the organization learned of his tournament, the team moved quickly, donating jerseys and NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee T-shirts for the 2014 Super Bowl to be played at MetLife Stadium.

The green jerseys with white trim all carried the “player name” of KABUL – USA over uniform No. 12. The number let the service members all know that their sacrifices as the U.S. “12th man” in this area of the world haven’t been forgotten.

The media machine kicked into high gear as well. You may have already heard about the tournament on CBS’ NFL Today this afternoon. NBC is expected to cover the event during the Jets-Pats game, the network’s first Thanksgiving night broadcast ever. Associated Press, Armed Forces Network and other outlets have provided information. We’re told video of the event has gone viral on the Internet as well. And the Jets will show a clip on the MetLife videoboards during tonight’s game.

Col. Sheard tells us US V Corps won the tournament. His team didn’t fare so well, but as he told us in an email, “This event for me was not about winning. It was about the USA tradition of Thanksgiving and US football. … I can tell you that all players and fans were ecstatic to be part of this event.”

Woody Johnson and the Jets are pleased and honored to have been able to support this event for our troops in Afghanistan.

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12 Responses to “Woody, Jets Support Troops in Kabul FB Tourney”

  1. By GaryC on Nov 22, 2012 | Reply

    The big key for tonight’s game is:TO HAVE MORE POINTS AT THE END OF THE GAME THEN THE PATS.

  2. By Mike Glaser on Nov 22, 2012 | Reply

    John. We are all proud of you and it doesn’t surprise me that you brought this event to Afghanistan…. I wouldn’t expect anything else.

    You are missed..


  3. By GaryC on Nov 22, 2012 | Reply

    See,some turkeys did survive Thanksgiving and they were in jet uniforms,Hey Rex,how much more are we seeing of Scott this season.I did say earlier in the week it would be embarrassing to lose,seeing that the Patriots really didn’t need the game and the jets were fighting for their lives,well I guess the jets had a wee bit of too much turkey and spiked cider before the game.Oh well lets get the draft lists ready.

  4. By GaryC on Nov 22, 2012 | Reply

    if Tebow has a rib problem why isn’t McElroy suited up.Boy at the rate this regime is going,Kotite might be laughing now.

  5. By GaryC on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    It is understandable now why Sanchez cannot see the receivers down the field,If he can’t see Moore’s butt in front of him how can he see 30 yards down the field.

  6. By ron alexander on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Wow! I must be like completely confused? Was yesterday Thanksgiving? Or was I dreaming and it was actually Halloween? Guys, no way in hell I’m gonna defend anybody connected to the Jets but has anyone ever seen such a devastating chain of events like what we say last night? I have never seen so many balls bounce into the waiting arms of opponents for easy T.D’s The amazing thing about it was it appeared to me the jets were actually playing hard.Not well,but hard? O.k, heres the deal; first of all, no way I go into a game knowing my back-up Q.B has a couple of cracked ribs & dont have my 3rd Q.B active! Next: on a play action pass how does my r.g allow himself to be shoved backwards-

  7. By ron alexander on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    cont.- like Brandon Moore did? CANT HAPPAN!, The red-zone int asided, how does my Q.B not know the play resulting in him having to try to scramble back to the line os scrimmage and still fumble the ball inspite of the fact he was sliding? How do we go into a game vs an opponent we are so familular with & still mamage to bow so many coverages like Landry vs. Edelman & langster trying to cover Welker on the t.d? And on the drive we were stopped on after running the same play 5 consecutive times, why no bootleg or mis-direction? The point here is as bad as the players played the preperation was worse.And please dont blame ths short week as N.E played Sunday too & they had to travel as well.

  8. By ron alexander on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    IRA, we all love ya baby but if you want to take this game off we will understand. Even a devout die-hard guy like you is allowed to tale a pass after a “Debacle like last night. S.C.Joe, this was the Debacle of all Debacle’s! this will go down as “BLACK THURSDAY” in Jet history.Even Firemen ED left early! I am so glad I chose to stay home & celebrate the holiday with my family! GARY C, hilarious dude! Great post about the “turkeys” that survived the holiday! The truley sad thing to come out of this loss was that N.E played with 2 back up O-linement plus one that was just returning from injury.Not to mention no Gronkowski as well. Very sad!

  9. By Jet Fan Since '64 and Post-Apocalyptic Tom ocalyspse Tom on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    ron a, if the ridiculous move to inactivate McElroy even when Tebow had two broken ribs goes down as the stroke that gets Rex Ryan as far away from the green and white as possible, it will have been well worth suffering it.

  10. By davetharave on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    McElroy MUST be given a start, the season’s over you have to see what he can do.

  11. By ron alexander on Nov 24, 2012 | Reply

    TOM 64,good point, I could live with that. i would never wish for any player to be seriously injured, but why cant sanchez be one of the guys on this team with a hamstring injury. The only way we will see MacIlroy is if Sanchez is injured and cant play. And I have zero interest in seeing Tebow either.

  12. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom for the New Dawn on Nov 24, 2012 | Reply

    ron a, at this point just about the only people who pay attention to the NFL who think Sanchez and Tebow are ever gonna be blue-chip QBs are a couple of dreamers who post on this site. This is one reason that I believe both Mr T and Rex could well be gone, if not now then only a few days after the season. This kind of embarrassment can’t be spun by Woody, doesn’t leave him any wiggle room, won’t allow him to ask for “patience” from Jet fans, and anybody who backed a take-no-prisoners guy like Romney (more when he was in the private sector than the public) knows that. Woody is the next person who’ll become a figure of ridicule and I don’t think he’ll stand for that, since there’s no reason he has to given the power that he holds.

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