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A salute to service from the Houston Texans

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

It's great to see the Houston Texans doing so well. A big win for the team and a very special game for the men and women serving in the U.S. military.

The team honored members of the U.S. Armed Forces during its annual Salute to Service game. It is actually one of the Texans' most popular game themes every year.

Gearing up to take on the Buffalo Bills, the Houston Texans also honored the bravery of three military men before and during the game.

Lt. Mike Thorton, a member of the elite Navy S.E.A.L. team and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, led the team out of the tunnel just before kickoff.

"The medal I wear so proudly around my neck, I don't think I deserve it and never will, but it belongs to every man and woman who serves this great nations of ours and most of all for the 2.8 million who have given the sacrifices," said Thorton.

"To have the NFL, especially Houston Texans, when somebody like me, just a regular guy, just comes out to be honored is very special and very huge," said Corporal Chris Farias.

But Cpl. Farias isn't just a regular guy. The Navy Cross recipient says he is a diehard Texans fan. To be honored by a team he adores in his hometown is truly an unforgettable moment.

"It means a lot because to us, sometimes we don't feel like we're being appreciated. Whenever they ask us to have a day to be honored, it's very special and we hold it very close to our heart," said Farias.

Also honored, Houston native Sgt. Josh Laughery.

"It's amazing, it's a great honor, I never expected this to happen it's just really cool and awesome to do," said Sgt. Laughery. The Silver Star recipient is also a huge Texans fan.

"I know Texans across Texas love the service and to have a team honor me and the other guys is incredible, it's awesome they do that," said Sgt. Laughery.

As the West Point Glee Club performed the national anthem, Challenger, the free-flying bald eagle, soared above the crowd.

Former President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State James Baker performed the coin toss on the 50-yard line.

And the Houston Texans beat the Buffalo Bills. 21-9, bringing the team's overall record to 7-1.

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