For all you sports fans, especially football fans, the season has started.

No matter which team or teams you favor, Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions or some other team, it can be a joyful or painful three or four months.

All players are at risk of having an off day, or serious injury. That’s part of playing football or any sport, along with the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.

But one part of a game that always sends a chill down my spine occurs just before the game starts. During the National Anthem, I eagerly await the flyover of military jets. Yes, the flyover. Think about it …

The precision and timing of those jets has to be very carefully calculated so they fly over at the end of the Anthem. Where they take off from and where the stadium is determines how fast or slow they fly. It’s not like they can hover a couple blocks away and wait.

I’m sure the pilots are in close communication with the stadium. Any time I have witnessed a flyover, either in person or watching on TV, I’ve been duly impressed. At just the right time toward the end of the National Anthem they make their appearance. I salute those pilots and all involved in their flight.

Why do they do this? What is the purpose? As the athletes prepare for the game, and the marching bands as well, we must remember it is only because there are numerous men and women who are serving in the military, protecting our freedoms. We have freedom to attend the football game, or baseball, or a round of golf.

The flyover is a reminder of these Americans who are serving and protecting all of us.

Think about the precision and timing of the efforts of countless people who are working together to get that jet, or jets, over the stadium at the exact moment. Working together is what football players do to win the game, and hopefully a championship. Working together is the only way to accomplish any given task. whether it is a football game, business or public office.

Anything can be done when everyone is doing their part for the greater good. Everyone on the team must work together to accomplish the mission.

As we enjoy the football season no matter the outcome, or the end of the baseball season and the beginning of basketball, let us all concentrate on the positive aspects of life.

Keep in mind we are Americans, living in a very diverse and divided world. But we are fortunate to have the U.S military guarding us and protecting us. Think about that the next time you attend a football game, watch the flyover and thank those who are serving our nation.

Herb Dettmer is a retired Bowling Green resident, U.S. Army veteran and writes this column representing the viewpoint of “Joe Average” citizen. He is freelance writer and author of “Others,” a devotional book. Call or text “Joe” with comments at 419-494-4641.