NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - In a globe that seems intent on reminding us about all the points that make us distinct, an physical exercise at NFL headquarters Wednesday was concerning the items we share in common. NFL players and military service members and their common thread of video games.

Began by Greg Zinon, Pro vs. G.I. Joe for about 7 years now is attempting to not just give members with the military an autograph or even a handshake but alternatively give them an encounter: playing them at Madden '17.

Specialist Tanner Butler, initially from Colorado, is stationed at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. His opponent was NFL linebacker Lamaar Houston. On this day, they have been on an equal playing field.

More than the years, it has grown into a network that incorporates a lot more than 15 NFL teams. Sessions like this aren't uncommon in locker rooms and player lounges. And new technologies permits players to play against and interact with military overseas.

The folks. Along with the players. Win-win.