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Chargers honor the military, collect food

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Qualcomm Stadium: 50,000 cards were provided to fans by USAA, the official military appreciation sponsor of the NFL. (Jeff Lewis/AP Images for USAA) Qualcomm Stadium: 50,000 cards were provided to fans by USAA, the official military appreciation sponsor of the NFL. (Jeff Lewis/AP Images for USAA)

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Chargers will play their annual Salute to Service game and collect food for San Diegans in need when they face the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium Sunday.

Players will wear helmet decals honoring military branches and camouflage gloves and use camouflage towels. Coaches and sideline personnel will wear camouflage hats and coaches and team executives will wear camouflage ribbon pins.

Footballs with camouflage ribbons will be used during every play. There will be camouflage goal post wraps and camouflage ribbon decals on the end zone pylons.

"NFL Salute to Service" will be written in the back of the end zones and there will be wall banners with the phrase.

Between the first and second quarters, fans will participate in a special card ceremony that will reveal a patriotic message.

Game-worn Salute to Service merchandise and footballs will be auctioned at nfl.com/auction. Special camouflage merchandise, including caps, hoodies and select jerseys will be sold at NFLShop.com and in select stadium retails stores.

All the NFL's net proceeds will be donated to the league's three core military nonprofit partners, the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and Wounded Warrior Project. The NFL does not profit from the sale or auction of Salute to Service merchandise, a league official said.

For the second consecutive season, teams will designate one home game in November to honor the military. For every point scored in the NFL's 32 Salute to Service games, the league will donate $100 each to the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and Wounded Warrior Project.

Pat Tillman put his NFL career on hold in 2002 to join the U.S. Army. Following his death while serving with the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan, his family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation, which provides resources and educational scholarship support to veterans, active duty service members and their spouses.

The Chargers are encouraging fans to bring non-perishable food to help families in economic distress and bolster the low food supply at the San Diego Food Bank.

The most needed items are canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, soup and cereal. Red bins will be positioned at all stadium entrances.

The fan bringing in the most food will receive a football signed by Chargers star tight end Antonio Gates.

Fans unable to attend the game can place items in red bins located in supermarkets throughout San Diego County.

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