ESPN College GameDay to Honor Military from Flight Deck of USS San Diego

Jake Martin@JakeMartinSECCorrespondent IIINovember 4, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 26:  ESPN College GameDay announcer Lee Corso dons an FSU headress as co-announcers (l to r) Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit comment during the NCAA football game between Notre Dame and Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 26, 2002 in Tallahassee, Florida.  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Florida State Seminoles 34-24.  (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
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ESPN's College GameDay is known for showcasing wars on the gridiron, but this Saturday, Lee Corso and the crew will feature true war heroes.

The GameDay crew will be aboard USS San Diego rather than a college campus, and quite frankly, that's awesome.

The show will feature an audience of service men and women, along with their families, from the Naval Base San Diego and nearby Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

A decorated Afghanistan war veteran, Clemson walk-on wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez, will have a feature with Tom Rinaldi on the show, and that's sure to fire up the crowd gathered on the ship. 

Host Chris Fowler tweeted a picture of the USS San Diego, and college campuses don't have anything on this platform.

This is our stage for @collegegameday Saturday. Brand new USS San Diego. Sweet.

— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) November 4, 2012


Obviously, anytime something is done for the troops, it's an admirable thing, but it's especially befitting for ESPN to do it this week when so many great games are to be played.

With Kansas State facing a potential upset against TCU, and Texas A&M battling No. 1 Alabama, it had to have been tempting for the crew to schedule College GameDay at one of those locations.

However, ESPN made the right choice.

There's not an easier choice to be made than by honoring those who serve us in war, putting their lives on the line for their country.