NFL heroes to honor heroes of the battlefield in San Antonio

Salute to Heroes Golf Tournament benefiting the Fisher House on Fort Sam Houston

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)
(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

SAN ANTONIO – A total of 17 Pro Football Hall of Famers touched down in San Antonio on Tuesday as they prepare for days of events to help benefit the Fisher House at Fort Sam Houston.

The players are participating in the Salute to Heroes Golf Tournament at the JW Marriott to help fund the Fisher House and keep our military city thriving.

The Fisher House program places military families of patients receiving treatment at major military hospitals, such as, the San Antonio Military Medical Center, formally known as, Brooke Army Medical Center. 

SAMMC is one of only 15 hospitals in the United States that holds both a Level 1 Trauma certification as well as accreditation from the American Burn Associate, making it a heavily equipped and trafficked medial center to care for wounded service men and women.

When military patients come to SAMMC, their families can become eligible to live in the Fisher House free of charge while their loved ones receive medical care. The house is in walking distance from SAMMC and provides all necessities for the families eligible to stay. 

So who’s in participating in this golf tournament? 

“We’ve got 17 hall of famers. Seventeen of our gold jackets,” said David Baker, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

Baker said there have only been 29,000 people who have ever been paid to play, coach, or officiate within the NFL. And of those, there are 174 living members of the hall of fame.  

“So out of those 174 we have about 10 percent of them here in San Antonio,” Baker said. 

The Gold Jacket Participants:

  • Joe Greene - Former defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Warren Moon - Former quarterback for the Houston Oilers (9), Kansas City Chiefs (1), Minnesota Vikings (2), and the Seattle Seahawks (1)
  • Anthony Muñoz - Former offensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Andre Reed - Former wide receiver foe the Buffalo Bills (15) and the Washington Redskins (1)
  • Ken Houston - Former strong safety for the Houston Oilers (5) and the Washington Redskins (7) 
  • Steve Largent - Former wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Jack Youngblood - Former defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams
  • Roger Wehrli - Former cornerback for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Tom Mack - Former guard for the Los Angeles Rams
  • Joe DeLamielleure - Former guard for the Buffalo Bills (7) and the Cleveland Browns (4)
  • Dave Wilcox - Former linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers   
  • Rayfield Wright - Former tackle for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Paul Krause - Former safety for the Minnesota Vikings (11) and the Washington Redskins (3) 
  • Curley Culp - Former defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs (6), Houston Oilers (6), Detroit Lions (1)
  • Morten Andersen - Former kicker for the New Orleans Saints (12), Atlanta Falcons (5), New York Giants (1), Kansas City Chiefs (1), Minnesota Vikings (1), and the Atlanta Falcons (1)
  • Ron Yary - Former tackle for the Los Angeles Rams (1) and the Minnesota Vikings (13)
  • Jan Stenerud - Former placekicker for the Green Bay Packers (3), Kansas City Chiefs (12), and the Minnesota Vikings (1)
  • Kellen Winslow - Former tight end foe the San Diego Chargers 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame holds similar golf tournaments all over the U.S. This is the event’s first time in San Antonio and Baker says the hall of fame thinks San Antonio is an outstanding place.

“We think it’s (San Antonio) has got a great heritage with football and this is just going to be a great event, at a beautiful place, with some of the worlds greatest football players,” said Baker.

The events kicked off Tuesday night at the JW Marriott with a dinner and gala welcoming the hall of famers and their guests to San Antonio.

The golf tournament will take place Wednesday as 14 teams compete for our wounded service men and women and their families coming to San Antonio for their medical needs.

"Everyone's gonna have a lot of fun, we’re gonna make a little history together," Baker said.