The general had come out to see the game, as he often does when particularly fierce confrontations are in prospect. He obviously was pleased, not only at the dedication and ferocity of play but at the stamina and resilience of the competitors. Obviously Alpha company would be a strong contender for the division championship, to be decided during a visit of Army Chief of Staff General Fred Weyand. Brooks was asked if Weyand might extend combat football to the rest of the Army. "We've already had inquiries from the First Cavalry at Fort Hood in Texas and from the Fifth Corps in Europe," the general said. "Naturally, I can't predict what General Weyand will think of it." Then Brooks flashed what must be one of the most charismatic smiles in the armed forces. "But if it was up to me," he said, "I would."
Standing beside General Brooks was Lieut. Colonel William L. Shackleford, commander of the First Battalion, 14th Infantry, whose two companies had just engaged in the organized mayhem. A 16-year Army veteran and a former ranger, Colonel Shackleford said, "You know, I'm from Green Bay, a town you may have heard of. I'll bet if Vince Lombardi had been here today, he'd be grinning, too. Just like the general." It was a bet nobody was about to take.