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Bengals coaches prepare to skydive with Golden Knights

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email
 
LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - It's a leap of faith the Bengals coaches are willing to take.
 
"I'm trying to play like I'm not nervous," said Eric Ball who works in Player Development with the Cincinnati Bengals.
 
"I'll probably be a little nervous once we get up there and get strapped in and they're about ready to push us out," said Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis.
 
Lewis a bit anxious as he and others on the coaching staff along with participants from local schools prepared to parachute along side the best of the best, the legendary U.S. Army Golden Knights.
 
"We're going to take them up to 13000 feet, they're going to be attached to some of our guys and we're going to give them a ride of their life," said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Elliott.
 
The knights took some time to get to know their passengers, the passengers signed their seal of approval, and then it was on to a crash course in skydiving.
 
"I am excited, I am," said Bleuzette Marshall with University of Cincinnati.
 
The crew jumped on board for a demo run, but soon enough it rained on the parachute parade.
 
"We have the best soldiers, we have the best aircraft, the best equipment but we cannot control the weather," Elliott said.
 
They tried to wait it out, crossing their fingers the skies would clear.
 
"I'm hoping for blue skies and sunshine I want to touch a cloud today," Marshall said.
 
In the end mother nature prevented them from going up, but coaches and participants say even training with the Golden Knights was a huge honor.
 
"It's not just something for show, it's actually used in the military," Marvin said.
 
"And it's an honor to be invited to, to be around these men and women who are risking their lives to preserves our personal liberties," Marshall said.
 
The Golden Knights will be in town until Sunday, they hope to reschedule with today's group for before the leave, the Reds are also slated to jump tomorrow.
 
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