Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE: Veterans Day Edition

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Hall of Fame and the Patriot Project

The Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed members of the Patriot Project to Canton a few months ago. The Patriot Project is a grass roots movement to provide chiropractic care to all active military, their families, Wounded Warriors and Gold Star Dependents.

Members from the project, which included four Congressional Medal of Honor and three Purple Heart Recipients, received a special behind-the-scenes tour of the museum. During their tour, many of them related to the values that are represented in the Hall of Fame. See what they had to say.

Award for Exellence

The U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame recently announced the third year of their partnership for the national Award for Excellence.

The program has been expanded to include 20 outstanding high school student athletes who will be chosen as finalists based on their excellence in academics, athletics and community service.

Each of the finalists will be honored during an event at their high school, highlighted by a Pro Football Hall of Famer presenting him or her with a finalist plaque. The Hall of Famers will discuss the importance of excellence and what it has meant during their illustrious careers.

Hall to Hold "Salute to Veterans"

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, in observance of Veterans Day and as part of the NFL’s league-wide salute to service, will present the 14th annual A Salute to Veterans program, as a tribute to veterans and members of the active military on Saturday, November 8.

As a part of the day-long recognition, any veteran, member of Gold Star Families or Blue Star Mothers, and members of the U.S. armed forces, and a guest, will receive free admission and a 10% discount in the Hall of Fame Store.

A special program is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. in the Hall of Fame’s Event Center. All visitors attending the program will receive a commemorative Pro Football Hall of Fame patriotic pin specially created for the program in honor of our nation’s heroes. This year’s program will feature Gold Jacket  Joe DeLamielleure and Mike Montler, his former Buffalo Bills teammate. Montler joined the Marine Corps in 1961.


Scoring for the Military

The National Football League and the NFL Players Association continue their long history of honoring veterans and active duty members of the military with the annual Salute to Service campaign. 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 – for a total of $300 per point.

Since the campaign’s inception in 2011, the NFL has donated more than $2.35 million to its three military non-profit partners.

Honoring the Military

Throughout November, teams will designate one home game to honor the military. During these games, teams will display a number of Salute to Service-branded elements throughout their stadiums.

The games will feature:

Players wearing helmet decals honoring military branches including Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as the NFL Salute to Service ribbon
Camouflage ribbon footballs
Camouflage goal post wraps and pylons with camouflage ribbon decals
Wall banners and the words NFL Salute to Service written in the back of the end zone
Camouflage equipment for players including quarterback towels, Nike and Under Armour gloves, captain’s patches, camouflage Gatorade towels, New Era caps and knits, and Nike KO Hoodies
Camouflage sideline hats for coaches and sideline personnel and camouflage ribbon pins for coaches and team executives
Salute to Service coins for the coin toss

Special camouflage hats can be purchased at ProFootballHOF.com.

Salute to Service

Fans everywhere can join USAA in honoring military on Veterans’ Day by visiting SaluteToService.com to offer a “social salute.” SaluteToService.com is USAA’s military appreciation home throughout the NFL season and includes digital content featuring NFL players, coaches and legends – including Roger Staubach, Robert Griffin III, Charles Tillman and Ron Rivera, all of whom have a direct military connection.

Pat Tillman Foundation

In 2010, the NFL and Pat Tillman Foundation established the NFL-Tillman Military Scholar award to annually honor an individual who exemplifies Tillman’s legacy of service. The scholarship is part of the Tillman Military Scholars program established by the Pat Tillman Foundation to support educational opportunities for military veterans and their spouses who are committed to a life of service in and out of uniform. As a result, in part of fundraising from the Salute to Service campaign, the Pat Tillman Foundation will fund up to 60 scholarships annually for Tillman Military Scholars to pursue degree programs of their choice in medicine, law, business, technology, education or the arts.

Capt. Michael Christman (USMC)
of Berkeley, Calif. has been selected as the 2014 NFL-Tillman Military Scholar. Christman will be recognized at the San Francisco 49ers Salute to Service game on Nov 23.


The NFL’s tradition of supporting America’s armed services, including a partnership of more than 45 years with the USO for overseas visits to troops and trips to military hospitals nationwide. The USO will use funds raised from Salute to Service to support Operation Enduring Care, the USO's campaign to support injured troops, their families and caregivers throughout the rehabilitation process. The centerpieces of Operation Enduring Care are two new USO Warrior and Family Care Centers at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

Wounded Warrior Project

The NFL works closely with Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The league’s donation will help launch Physical Health and Wellness Expos throughout the country that aim to break down barriers to a healthy and active lifestyle. The overall goal of the Physical Health & Wellness program is to create independence and teach injured veterans skills they can take back to their communities. Participants in the WWP Physical Health & Wellness Expos will be encouraged to live healthier and will be given the tools to do so long after the event. WWP assists injured service members across the country.

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