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ATLANTA FALCONS HEAD COACH DAN QUINN
NAMED 2016 SALUTE TO SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT
Quinn’s commitment to supporting the
military and their families
be recognized at NFL Honors in Houston
The NFL and USAA awarded Atlanta Falcons head coach DAN QUINN with the 2016 “Salute to Service Award presented by
USAA," the league’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor. The award was
created to acknowledge the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community
to honor and support members of the military community.
Quinn, who will coach his Atlanta Falcons against the New
England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, will be recognized tomorrow night at NFL
Honors in Houston. USAA,
a leading provider of insurance and other services to U.S.
military members, veterans and their families, will contribute $25,000 in Quinn’s
honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.
“Coach Quinn truly embodies the spirit of our Salute to
Service Award. Though he has no direct ties to the military, he’s made it his
personal charge to show appreciation for their service and sacrifice,” said
Vice Admiral (Ret.) JOHN BIRD,
USAA’s senior vice president of military affairs. “Coach Quinn is a very deserving
recipient of this year’s award, and we wish him luck in Super Bowl LI, knowing
that he has already made the NFL and the military community very proud.”
Coach Quinn has always connected with the word “team” and acknowledges
that the military serves as the word’s true definition. Since entering his
second season with the Atlanta Falcons, Coach Quinn has wasted no time giving
back to the military community in Georgia. During the spring of 2016, Coach
Quinn hosted the 2nd Annual Rookie Club Olympics at the Atlanta Falcons
Training Facility, where he invited 100 military members from Fort Benning,
Georgia to participate. He and his staff created the event as a way for NFL
players and the military community to unite and work together as a team.
Coach Quinn hosts a “Military Day” at Training Camp and 20
military members at each Atlanta Falcons home game throughout the season. In
addition, he provided a special opportunity for families of fallen soldiers
with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) this season when he
hosted 63 families at the Atlanta Falcons Salute to Service game in November.
All of the families were invited to a VIP visit to practice, and each family
was provided a one-night hotel stay in Atlanta - all courtesy of Coach Quinn.
Each player wore the initials of a fallen hero on their helmet, during practice
and on gameday, and provided the families with a replica helmet of their player
with a personalized note in honor of their hero. Additionally, this past offseason
Coach Quinn led four Atlanta Falcons players on a week-long USO Tour through
the Pacific, including stops in Guam and Hawaii.
In November 2016, all 32 NFL clubs nominated coaches,
active and retired players, and team executives and personnel who best
demonstrated support for the military community. The submissions were evaluated
by a panel of judges, including last year’s award recipient, Tampa Bay
Buccaneers wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON.
Nominees’ credentials are evaluated based on the positive effect of the
individual’s efforts on the military community, the type of service conducted,
the thoroughness of the program and level of commitment.
The panel of judges, consisting of representatives from the
U.S. military, the NFL and USAA, includes:
- VICE ADMIRAL JOHN BIRD (Ret.), U.S. Navy veteran and USAA Senior Vice President of
- ROCKY BLEIER, U.S. Army veteran and
four-time Super Bowl champion
- CHAD HENNINGS, Air Force Academy
graduate and three-time Super Bowl champion
- VINCENT JACKSON, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
wide receiver and 2015 Salute to Service
- TOD LEIWEKE, NFL Chief Operating
- JIM MORA, SR., Marine Corps veteran
and former NFL head coach
- ROGER STAUBACH, Naval Academy
graduate, NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and Super Bowl MVP
Below is the list of previous Salute to Service Award recipients.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
John Harbaugh (Head Coach)
K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. (Late Owner)
The “Salute to
Service Award presented by USAA” is part of the NFL and USAA’s year-round
commitment to recognize and honor the military community. To read about all 32 nominees,
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