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.”