The NFL and USAA, the NFL’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, announced today nominees for the third annual NFL Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. Teams nominated players, alumni, coaches and personnel who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.
Finalists for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA will be announced in January and the winner will be recognized at the “3rd Annual NFL Honors” awards show in New York City on FOX on Saturday, Feb. 1, the night before Super Bowl XLVIII. Below is a list of the 2013 Salute to Service Award nominees.
Chicago Bears cornerback CHARLES TILLMAN was named last year’s winner. USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families, contributed $25,000 in his honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches. Tillman, whose father served 20 years in the Army, has been a longstanding advocate of recognizing military members and veterans. Tillman will serve on the award panel and vote for this year’s winner. The inaugural winner in 2012 was Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “BUD” ADAMS, a World War II veteran. Adams passed away in October, leaving behind a legacy as a longstanding advocate of all servicemen and women.
Throughout November, as part of the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign, teams designated one home game to honor the military and veterans. For every point scored during the NFL’s 32 designated Salute to Service games, the league will donate $100 to each of its three core, military non-profit partners – the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO, and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) – for a total of $300 per point.
USAA worked with several teams throughout the Salute to Service campaign to honor service members, veterans and their families. Fans in select stadiums participated in stadium card stunts to thank the military and veterans. Fans can show their appreciation with a digital salute by visiting www.millionfansalute.com. The NFL cities with the most salutes will earn rewards from USAA for their local military community.
This weekend’s games will feature several Salute to Service moments. More than 150 active military and veterans will be recognized during the Detroit Lions game and local boy scouts will unveil a full-field American flag at the St. Louis Rams game. During the Redskins game, USAA will host more than 50 guests from local military units. In addition, USAA and the Redskins will celebrate members of each military branch on the field and on the video boards at the team’s nationally-televised ESPN Monday Night Football game on November 25.
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