Five Cardinals players took a tour of Luke Air Force Base on Nov 6th to kick off Salute to Service week ahead of annual thanks to military. It wasn’wasn’t a surprise to see Andre Roberts among them.
The fourth-year wide receiver played collegiately at The Citadel and his parents each spent more than 20 years in the military.
Despite the background, Roberts was still awed by what he saw inside one of the hangars.
“I’ve’ve heard of a lot of these things before, coming from a military school, and I’I’ve been on military bases, but I’I’ve never seen an F-16 like, right here,” Roberts said. “Obviously I’ve’ve seen them on TV, but the missiles and how they can attract people just by looking at them — all they can do is pretty crazy. I knew we were going to visit and I knew there was going to be a meet-and-greet, but this is pretty special.”
Roberts, center Lyle Sendlein, linebacker Sam Acho, linebacker Karlos Dansby and guard Jonathan Cooper were joined by cheerleaders and the team’s mascot, Big Red in a visit to the hangar. The group then spent time with the base’s personnel , partnering up with the NFL’s military appreciation sponsor, USAA, for the event.
The players were given an overview of the jet’s capabilities by Michael Mickus, one of the base’s flight instructors. Mickus told the players about his background and answered questions about the aircraft.
“On the weekends we are all playing fantasy football, we are watching them,” Mickus said. “It’s just kind of cool to see your sports heroes walking out here, thinking what we do is pretty awesome.”
By Kyle Odegard/azcardinals.com published 11/6/2013