As fans gear up for the Super Bowl many are also getting ready for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Game taking place on Saturday, February 6th at College of San Mateo’s College Heights Stadium. This game will showcase brave veterans as well as celebrity NFL alumni, some of which are even local 49ers alum. To get you pumped up and excited, here is a sneak peak of some of the celebrity players participating in the game.
Bleier is a co-host of the event and has ties to both the NFL and the military. Bleier was drafted into the Vietnam War where he was unfortunately injured. Upon his return, he overcame challenges of his injury with the determination to play football again. After more than two years Bleier made it onto the Pittsburgh Steelers and eventually became their star running back where he accompanied the team to win four Super Bowls and four AFC Championships. Bleier is now in the Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is an honor to have this veteran and NFL alum with a heartfelt history co-hosting this event.
Ring is the second co-host of this event and has a wealth of history in the Bay Area, including at the College of San Mateo and in the NFL. Ring is a CSM alumni as well as an alum of the 49ers, who he played with for six years. Having aCSM alum back on home turf hosting this game provides a memorable local connection.
Romanowski is a participant on the NFL alum team. He had a 16-year career in the NFL playing for the 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, and Oakland Raiders. During his time in the NFL he played in five Super Bowls, four of which he won, and two Pro Bowls. Since playing in the NFL, Romanowski has written a New York Times best-selling book, an autobiography of his life and participation in the NFL, as well as been inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame, and coached a bay area high school football team at Piedmont High School. He will certainly be one to watch out for on the field.
Stubblefield is another member of the NFL alum team. He was an NFL player for 11 years where he played seven years with the 49ers, three with the Washington Redskins, and one with the Oakland Raiders. In 1993, he was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and he played in the 1994 and 1995 Pro Bowls. Stubblefield has also used his football knowledge and skills as the former defensive line coach at the bay area’s own Valley Christian High School in San Jose. Be sure to keep an eye out for this local celeb.
Deese is also playing for the NFL alum team. He had a long football career lasting 13 years, playing for the San Francisco 49ers for 12, where he primarily played the position of left tackle and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one. As an alumnus of the NFL, he is still involved with sports and co-hosts the FOX Game Time React segment on Fox Sports Radio. If you’re a fan, be sure not to miss seeing him in action out on the field.
These are just a few of the celebrity NFL alum who will be participating in the game against wounded warriors. During the game fans can meet the players, get autographs, and take photos so be sure to come out and see your local favorites and also support the men and women who have bravely served our country.
Tickets for the game are $10 for adults and free for students. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT) and disabled veteran initiatives in the Bay Area. To purchase tickets visit CSM’s website or the WWAFT website.