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Members, Capitol Police to take part in Congressional Football Game
Various members of Congress will join former NFL players in playing the Capitol Police at the Congressional Football Game on Wednesday.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers including Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and Cedric Richmond (D-La.) will join former Washington Redskins players Ken Harvey and Santana Moss, as well as other players, at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., to honor the Capitol Police and the armed forces.
"The Congressional Football Game for Charity is a wonderful way to honor the service and the sacrifice of the brave men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police and our armed forces," Jocelyn Moore, NFL senior vice president of government affairs, said in a Friday statement.
"The National Football League is pleased to once again be a part of this event in support of the courageous men and women in uniform who keep us safe here at home and abroad."
The event comes four months after a gunman attacked GOP lawmakers practicing in Northern Virginia for the annual charity Congressional Baseball Game.
Capitol Police special agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, who were injuring in the June 14 incident, will be honored during the event's halftime presentation.
Proceeds from the event, which was established in 2005, will go to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, Our Military Kids and A Advantage 4 Kids.
In recent weeks, President Trump has ignited controversy with the NFL when he suggested at a campaign rally that players who kneel in protest during the national anthem at games should be fired.
Players and many NFL team owners forcefully pushed back, and kneeling protests rose sharply the Sunday following Trump's initial remarks.