Greats of the Gridiron - Armed Forces Entertainment

Greats of the Gridiron (Sports)

Honduras, Curacao

1 December, 2018 – 4 December, 2018

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Featuring pro football players Daniel Graham and Seneca Wallace and Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Shardae Swoope and Meghan Thompson.

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Daniel Graham

While attending the University of Colorado, Daniel Graham played for the Buffaloes football team from 1998 to 2001. Nicknamed Grahambo, he was a prolific receiver for the Buffaloes, where he also started 2 games playing fullback during his freshman season before switching to tight end. After his senior season in 2001, he won the John Mackey Award as the nations best tight end, was a first-team All-Big 12 selection, and was recognized as consensus first team All-American, finishing his college career with 106 receptions for 1,543 yards and 11 touchdowns. Graham was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round, 21st overall, in the 2002 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, Graham made an immediate impact as a solid blocker and also recorded 15 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown; he added four tackles on special teams. In 2003, Graham started nine games and had 38 receptions for 409 yards and four touchdowns helping the Patriots pave their way to a Super Bowl victory. By 2004, Graham was fully integrated into the Patriots’ system and ended the season with 30 receptions for 364 yards and seven touchdowns. With the help of Graham and the potent offense, New England enjoyed their second straight Super Bowl Championship. He continued to fill his role as a solid receiver and blocker and was named the Patriots offensive team captain in 2006. His 17 touchdown catches in a Patriots uniform tied him for third all-time among New England tight ends since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Graham also tied a Patriots record by catching a touchdown pass in five consecutive regular-season games. His streak began in the final game of the 2003 regular season and extended through the first four games of the 2004 season. In 2007 Graham was signed by the Denver Broncos. Along with quarterback Jay Cutler, Graham was voted offensive captain for the 2008 season. He proved to be a valuable asset for the Broncos, especially as an underrated blocker. CBS Sports analyst Andy Benoit called him “by far the best blocking tight end in the NFL” in 2010, and he was featured on the cover of the October 12, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. In 2011, Graham signed a three year deal with the Tennessee Titans, and later signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2012 before retiring in August of 2013.

Seneca Wallace

Since being drafted by the Seattle in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Seneca Wallace has been regarded as one of the NFL’s most athletic quarterbacks. Seneca’s versatility is undeniable, as he has played both quarterback and wide receiver throughout his career. In 2006, Wallace started in four games at quarterback after an injury to Matt Hasselbeck. Under his leadership, the team won two games and Wallace passed for just under 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns. That same season, the Seattle Seahawks made their first Super Bowl appearance in team history. Wallace played wide receiver for the Seahawks during Super Bowl XL. During his time with the Seahawks, he helped them to playoff appearances from 2003-2007, and currently holds the Seahawks record for longest pass after throwing a 90 yard touchdown pass to Koren Robinson. In 2010, Seneca was traded to the Cleveland Browns, in which he started the four games for the Browns in 2011. Seneca has since gone on to play with the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers. Wallace started for the Packers on November 10, 2013 after starting QB Aaron Rodgers was out with an injury, making him the first African-American to start a game as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Following his high school career, Wallace chose to attend Sacramento City College in order to stay close to home at his mother's request. While there, he proved to many scouts that he could perform at a high level. Following his sophomore year at SCC, Seneca transferred to Iowa State University for his junior and senior year. He garnered national attention in 2002 with Iowa State in a play known as "The Run" against Texas Tech. He ran for a 12-yard touchdown, however, his actual amount of running during this play was over 120 yards, as he dodged tackles and ran parallel to the end zone while receiving numerous blocks from his offense. While quarterbacking the Cyclones in 2001 and 2002, he threw for 5,289 yards 26 touchdowns, while rushing for nearly 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Shardae Swoope

Shardae Swoope started her first season as a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader in 2017. Shardae’s most memorable moment of Super Bowl LII was performing on the field to the Eagles Fight Song after the iconic “Philly Special” was executed brilliantly and resulted in an Eagles touchdown! Her favorite part of the Super Bowl Parade of Champions was when head coach Doug Pederson hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy to share with all Eagles fans. Shardae is a special education teacher in New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Information Studies with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Shardae is passionate about working for humanitarian causes within the United States and internationally. She spent time last summer with orphaned children in Higuey, Dominican Republic and donated needed items to The Foundation for a Better World to help improve their living conditions. Shardae is versed in Spanish which enables her to communicate seamlessly when working with charities in the many Spanish-speaking countries she visits. One of the most recognizable faces on the squad, Shardae recently appeared in an episode of the nationally televised show, American Ninja Warrior on NBC, and has been featured on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. In her spare time she enjoys creating makeup tutorials for YouTube and attending special events family and friends.

Meghan Thompson

Meghan Thompson is enjoying her second season as a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader. Meghan’s most memorable moment of Super Bowl LII was cheering on the sidelines during Brandon Graham's strip-sack of Tom Brady in the fourth quarter, which helped to secure the first Super Bowl win in team history. Her favorite part of appearing in the Super Bowl Parade of Champions was when center Jason Kelce gave his epic “underdog” speech that will forever resonate with Eagles fans. Meghan is a registered nurse specializing in pediatric intensive care. She is a graduate of Widener University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with a minor in Professional Health Care Writing. Meghan is committed to making a difference in the lives of others through her involvement in charitable causes in the United States and around the world. This past summer, Meghan spent time supporting and encouraging children with physical and mental disabilities from low-income families, helping them to overcome many obstacles, at a rehabilitation hospital in Mexico. A fan favorite, Meghan recently made a national television appearance on NBC’s The Today Show and has been featured on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. In her free time, Meghan loves to stay fit by lifting weights and going for daily runs with her 130-pound chocolate Labrador retriever named Moose.

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Soto Cano AB, Honduras
CSL Curacao

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