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The 2013 Army Drill Sergeant of the Year Sgt. 1st Class David Stover, a member of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command from Fort Eustis, Va., and native of Richmond, Va., and Sgt. Ashley Rice, from Fort Bragg, N.C., and native of Auburn, Mass., observe the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams during the American Family Insurance Dream Challenge. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Peter J. Berardi, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)

SAN ANTONIO - East and West 2014 U.S. Army All American Bowl Teams met each other on the field for the first time at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Jan. 1, 2014.

The American Family Insurance Dream Challenge pits the East vs. the West and six Soldier mentors against each other in multiple events including quarterback throws, a sled push and an obstacle course.

A variety of skills are tested as players go through the challenges as a team, and only East or West will prevail, said Doug Berman, chairman of the All-American Games.

Players were joined by some of the top soldiers in the Army, who were there to mentor them on the Army values and inform them of the many paths the Army offers.

“It integrates some of our Army soldiers too, which is one of the things we like doing here at the All-American Bowl,” said Berman. “It's what makes it a very unique event.”

“The players all have a very strong set of values that parallel us in the military, to get to where they have in their football careers to this point,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Stover, native of Richmond, Va., and the 2013 Army Drill Sergeant of the Year. “They've got the team work, the loyalty, the duty, the selfless service, the same core values that the Army builds off of and it's an amazing opportunity to see that.”

After some group photos and talking time, soldiers and players were ready to get on the field together.

“It's pretty cool getting to see them (soldiers) out here running around with them (students),” said Brian Allen, from Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, Ill., and offensive lineman for the East Team. “It's pretty special, I'm just thankful for everything they do for us and it's good to get to hang out with them.”
No one knows who the winner of the 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be, but both teams are hard at work in preparation for the game at the Alamodome in San Antonio scheduled for Jan. 4, 2014.


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Date Taken:01.01.2014

Date Posted:01.01.2014 22:34

Location:SAN ANTONIO, TX, USGlobe




Hometown:MONONA, WI, US



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