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Members Prepare to Take On Capitol Police in Football


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Washington, October 10, 2017 | By Alex Gangitano, Roll Call | comments
Congress has been celebrating the Capitol Police for keeping them safe, especially after two officers took down a gunman in June at the Republicans’ baseball practice.

Members will get another chance at an upcoming charity sporting contest for Capitol Police officers.

Wednesday’s Congressional Football Game for Charity will pit the Mean Machine, a bipartisan team of members of Congress and former NFL players, against the Guards, made up of Capitol Police officers. The teams’ names are taken from the classic football film “The Longest Yard.”

“We don’t get a chance to say ‘thank you’ to them as often as we’d like, so this is just a really good opportunity to thank them for their service,” said Rep. Jeff Denham, a team co-captain.

“This year is certainly special for David Bailey and Crystal Griner and what they’ve done for the House,” the California Republican said, referring to the two officers on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s security detail who were credited with taking down the shooter in June.


“Since college, I’ve [played] very little,” he said. “[There was] the Turkey Bowl, which we used to play annually after college, and my wife put the kibosh on that pretty quickly afterwards because there were just as many injuries in that than there are in the Congressional Football Game.”

This is Denham’s fourth game. “We’ve been close to winning in the last couple of years,” he recalled. “This is our year.”


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