The Big Show was recently interviewed by The Fort Hood Sentinel and spoke about how much he loves performing for the troops and how his patriotic upbringing has led him to where he is now.
“I’ve been involved with supporting our troops since 2003,” said Big Show. “I’ve gone to Iraq and Afghanistan every year at Christmas to visit the troops. Just this past Christmas, I was in Bagram (Air Field, Afghanistan).”
"The World's Largest Athlete" grew up with a mother who was a police officer and a father who was in the military. “In our family, we’re very patriotic in supporting our troops. And luckily I work for WWE, which is also a very patriotic company and believes in supporting our troops.”
Show's line of work puts him in contact with a lot of celebrities, but he says they don't impress him much. “But when I’m standing in Bagram, I’m shaking the hands of a 19-year-old Soldier and it’s his first time away from home, his commitment to duty and excellence is so inspiring. You know, we’re supposed to go there and boost their morale, but when I come back from that trip, I come back inspired because that’s what it’s all about.
Show says he stays in contact with some of the soldiers he's met over the years, and he's happy to do it.
“It’s about doing the right thing and stepping up to the plate and all those kids over there, the young men and women over there, are so inspiring. It’s overwhelming.”