Allen, Bowden talk charity football game
January, 3, 2013
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Courtesy of Ketchum CommunicationsTonight, during halftime of the Fiesta Bowl, you'll see Marcus Allen, Bobby Bowden, Owen Wilson, Urban Meyer and others in a charity football game to honor the military.Owen Wilson hinted at it. Kurt Warner too. Now tonight, fans will get a chance to watch a charity football game at halftime of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and see glimpses of Wilson's football antics in "Wedding Crashers."
"Owen figured prominently in the game. You'll have to wait and see," said Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, who played in the game. "You'll be able to see his skills up close."
Wilson, Warner, Allen, Bobby Bowden, Urban Meyer and the band Gym Class Heroes came together several weeks ago at Cerritos Community College in Norwalk, Calif., to play a game of flag football to honor servicemen and servicewomen as part of the Tostitos Homecoming Party Bowl.
Highlights from the game will air during halftime of the Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and Kansas State tonight and will be available on the Tostitos Facebook page.
"I don't think we do enough for our veterans and I thought the event was great," Allen said. "I had a little trepidation when I was walking in the locker room, hoping they would at least recognize me. But I got this resounding applause and it was really nice."
Bowden, who has coached a lot of these charity games, said it was really cool when he walked into the locker room and met the military players, who thought they were just playing a regular all-star game.
"They like jumped out of their chairs!" Bowden said. "But the real excitement was when they hit the field and there were 12,000 people there to greet them. These guys deserve every drop of applause they got."