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By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

The spirit of Thanksgiving was on display Saturday afternoon on the gridiron at A&M Consolidated's Tiger Stadium.

Old School Flag Football hosted a pigskin challenge -- one resembling the upcoming Lonestar Showdown -- to boost canned good donations for the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

"This is Thanksgiving time, and we're thankful for things we had in the past and for what we're doing now," Old School's co-coordinator, Junior White, said. "So we were looking for an avenue to give back to the community."

More than a dozen former Aggie football players and a number of Longhorns answered the call for help from those in Aggieland who need it.

Among them was former Texas A&M star and Super Bowl champion Detron Smith.

"We got former players from UT and A&M getting together just to give back to our community," Smith said.

Normally rivals at this time of the year, all the players agreed that need knows no boundaries and help from anyone willing to give it is always appreciated.

"It's only the right thing to do for us to give back," Smith said.

"Either Aggie, Sam Houston, you know whatever school you attend, it doesn't matter," White said. "It's my belief that everybody should give back in some type of way."

Admission was free, but organizers encouraged fans coming out to bring canned-goods.

A food bank official says attendees in the stands honored the request.

Game organizers say they just wanted to make an impact.

"We just wanted to do our small part of giving back," White said. "You know, hopefully this will stimulate a lot of people giving back to their part of helping people in need."


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