In 1998, two United States Capitol Police officers gave their lives to protect the lives of those around them and to preserve the legislative process of our nation’s government. The ultimate sacrifice that these officers made caused our nation's leaders to refocus on the continuing threat of terrorist activities levied against our country. A focus of different sorts also came out of the tragedy -- one upon the men and women that dedicate their lives to protecting others, and in this case, the men and women of the United States Capitol Police.
Congressman Bill Shuster from Pennsylvania and Congressman Rick Renzi from Arizona felt compelled to recognize the two officers' sacrifice and lend a helping hand to the families they left behind and families of officers in the future that may be in need due to similar circumstances. Amidst the day-to-day operations of conducting the nation’s legislative process, they came up with the idea of having a charity football game to raise money for the families of the fallen officers.
In the years that followed, Congressman Heath Shuler from North Carolina, Congressman Jeff Denham from California, Congressman Runyan from New Jersey became an instrumental part of the congressional team, in addition to Congressman Shuster. It wasn’t long before Congressman Shuler called on some of his buddies to help out in the coaching and playing roles in addition to taking over the organization of the game as a whole project. Former Washington Redskins Linebacker and Pro-Bowler Ken Harvey and former Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback John Booty both helped coach, play and organize the football game. And they helped take the game to a new level.
Games have been played in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013; the Capitol Police have won 4, Members of Congress/NFL have won one, and one tie.
We look forward to another fantastic game this year benefiting the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, A Advantage 4 Kids, Inc and Our Military Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to children of active duty service members and reservists.
What many people don’t get to see is what goes on long before the first ball is tossed on the field. The number of hours put in by coaches Ken Harvey, John Booty, our producer Andrea Cernich, and volunteers on the Congressional Football Game Organizing Committee is staggering. We are also grateful for the support of the congressional community, including team captains Representatives Jeff Denham (CA-19), Bob Dold (IL-10) and Tim Walz (MN-1) for championing this year’s game.
Thank you and see you all at the game!
James W. Davis
United States Capitol Police
K-9 / PMRD 2
1SG, United States Army Reserve
All-Time Series (Guards 4-1-1)