The Washington Times Daily - - REDSKINS SALUTE -

I just sa­lute all of them and the others that are not here with them to­day.”

For Greg Zi­none, the founder of Pro vs. GI Joe, set­ting aside time to play video games is a great way to con­nect with an­other per­son, specif­i­cally a for­mer foot­ball player, and leave a last­ing mem­ory.

“What we try to bring is ex­pe­ri­ence,” Zi­none said. “We don’t like them leav­ing with just an au­to­graph or a pic­ture, we like them leav­ing those doors say­ing, Man I got to hang out with Clin­ton Por­tis for 45 min­utes, and that’s what video games does and that’s why we’re as suc­cess­ful as we are, be­cause once you get a con­troller in your hands, whether you’re the big­gest ath­letes in the world or the high­est mil­i­tary ranked of­fi­cial in the world, once you get that con­troller in your hands, that all is stripped down and you’re a 12-year-old kid again just hav­ing fun, and that’s what we want peo­ple to take home.”

For Por­tis, the feel­ing of grat­i­tude al­ways en­cap­su­lates his ex­pe­ri­ence with mil­i­tary mem­bers.

“They give us an op­por­tu­nity to be free and al­low us to do what we do,” Por­tis said. “You can’t say any­thing more. They risked their lives so we can go out and en­joy their lux­u­ries. If it wasn’t for these guys, there would be no us. I think they’re the real he­roes; they’re the real strong peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. We get the credit for play­ing a sport that they love, but the work that they do al­lows us to do that.”

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