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Troops Get a Surprise from Stars, Sports Heroes

NORWALK, Calif. (KTLA) — U.S. servicemen expecting to play a game of flag football got an unexpected visit from sports figures and Hollywood stars.

The twenty-eight veterans had no idea that when they took to the field at Cerritos College that it would be alongside celebrities and some of the game’s greats.

“I’ll tell you what, you know that’s one of the highlights of my football career,” veteran Nico Marco-Longo said after picking off Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner.

“This is really meaningful to us veterans, what Tostitos is doing with the Pat Tillman Foundation to have us veterans out here playing,” he remarked.

Marco-Longo got to play alongside Heisman Trophy winner and NFL hall-of-famer Marcus Allen.

His coach was the legendary Bobby Bowden. The other team was coached by Ohio State’s Urban Meyer.

The announcers were from ESPN, with sideline reporting provided by “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet.

“It’s great to bring awareness to the people that do the fighting for this country and give them such a great surprise as they had tonight,” Stonestreet said.

“It’s about celebrating their service, their sacrifice and really throwing them the party they should have,” said Tony Matta, vice president of marketing for Frito-Lay.

After the game, the players, coaches, and fans were treated to a free concert by Gym Class Heroes.

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