The NFL and USAA announced the nominees for the fourth annual Salute to Service Award, and head coach Doug Marrone received the Bills nomination.
In his second year with the Buffalo Bills, Head Coach Doug Marrone continues to stand out in his military outreach efforts. Marrone and his wife Helen have worked extensively over the past three years with Clear Path for Veterans in Syracuse, NY. Clear Path provides a necessary platform for active duty, veterans, and military members to find a grassroots, caring community of support and resources.
“Coach Marrone, along with his wife Helen have been with us since the beginning and have continually made time for the veterans and their families who live in our community,” said Melissa Spicer, Cofounder and President of Clear Path for Veterans. “Each year, Doug and Helen host an annual Red, White and Blue BBQ that brings together all members of our community and they continually support us throughout the year. While many national organizations bring broader recognition of military support, Doug has quietly worked within his upstate community providing unconditional support and compassion giving depth to the words ‘support our troops.'”
This past summer, Marrone welcomed veterans and their families from the Clear Path organization to Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College to enjoy practice from the Community Relations Hospitality Tent.
For the Salute to Service Award, teams nominated players, coaches, personnel and alumni who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.
Finalists for the Salute to Service Award will be announced in January, and the winner will be recognized at the “4th Annual NFL Honors” awards show in Arizona on NBC on Saturday, Jan. 31, the night before Super Bowl XLIX.
The Salute to Service Award is part of the NFL and USAA’s year-long commitment to recognize and honor the military community. Culminating in November with the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign, for every point scored during the NFL’s 32 designated Salute to Service games, the league donates $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.
2014 SALUTE TO SERVICE TEAM NOMINEES
|Arizona Cardinals||Larry Fitzgerald Jr. (WR)|
|Atlanta Falcons||Joe Hawley (C)|
|Baltimore Ravens||Morgan Cox (LS)|
|Buffalo Bills||Doug Marrone (Head Coach)|
|Carolina Panthers||Ron Rivera (Head Coach)|
|Chicago Bears||Jared Allen (DE)|
|Cincinnati Bengals||John Sawyer (VP/Board Member)|
|Cleveland Browns||Alex Mack (C)|
|Dallas Cowboys||Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders|
|Denver Broncos||Ben Garland (G)|
|Green Bay Packers||Tom Bakken (Assistant Equipment Manager)|
|Houston Texans||J.J. Watt (DE)|
|Indianapolis Colts||Pat McAfee (P)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Roy Miller (DT)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Derrick Johnson (LB)|
|Miami Dolphins||Lousaka Polite (Former FB)|
|Minnesota Vikings||Jeff Locke (P)|
|New Orleans Saints||Jimmy Graham (TE)|
|New York Giants||Tom Coughlin (Head Coach)|
|New York Jets||Robert Wood Johnson IV (Owner)|
|Oakland Raiders||Oakland Raiders Foundation|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Troy Polamalu (S)|
|St. Louis Rams||Jeff Fisher (Head Coach)|
|San Diego Chargers||Nick Hardwick (C)|
|Seattle Seahawks||Dan Quinn (Defensive Coordinator)|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Vincent Jackson (WR)|
|Washington Redskins||Darrel Young (FB)|
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