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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

VSU football players were out in full force today recruiting students for one of the Red Crosses biggest blood drives in Georgia.

"We wouldn't have gotten to that national championship without the support of our community so we just like giving back and showing them that we appreciate the support they give us," said football player, Jesse Yencey.

Nearly 70 Red Cross workers traveled from all over the state to help with the drive. Officials say the timing for the drive couldn't have been better.

"As a result of the northeastern storms there's been 160 drives canceled in 8 states causing a shortfall of about 6,500 units," said Patrick Best with the Red Cross.

Right now the Red Cross desperately needs O negative and B negative blood types. They expect to get 400 pints from today's drive.

And the drive is brewing a friendly competition between the offensive and defensive lines to see who can bring in the most donors.

"It's a credit to our kids for the way they go out and recruit; they put a lot of work into this and it takes a lot of time to go out and recruit friends and convince people who have never given blood to give blood," said Coach David Dean.

And some players even faced their fear of needles.

"I am a little scared of needles but I will give blood because its for a good cause," said player Manny Evans.

"It's something that saves lives, you know we talk to our guys and one unit of blood can save three lives so if we can bring in 500 people that's 1,500 lives that we're saving," said Coach Dean.

That losing team will have to do a little extra conditioning at their next practice

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