Falcons wide receiver wins the Salute to Service award
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Andre Roberts won the Salute to Service award on Jan. 31, 2018.
Both of Roberts’s parents served in the U.S. military and were also recognized by the Falcons as part of the events, according to USA Today.
The USAA association, which provides insurance and other services to USA military members veterans and their families, will contribute $25,000 to the five military branches in Roberts honor.
"True heroism is measured by a person's willingness to sacrifice themselves for the safety and freedom of others. The men and women of the U.S. Armed Services are the greatest collection of heroes in our world today. I'm honored to salute their service and I'm forever grateful for the military heritage of my mother and father, both Army veterans, as well as the values of service to country and fellow man I received at The Citadel," Roberts told USA Today.
With the Falcons, Roberts has visited the local VA hospital numerous times, spent a day with veterans fishing (the event is called “Fishing with the Falcons”), and he selected the TAPs program (Tragedy Assistance for the Survivors) for the NFL’s “my cause, my cleats" events.
The panel that selected Roberts included his head coach, Dan Quinn; Pro Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach; Rocky Bleier; Chad Hennings; Jim Mora and Tod Leiweke.
The other finalists for this award were Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera and former coach for the Tennessee Titans, Mikey Mularkey.
Roberts hasn’t been the only Falcon to get accepted for this award: Quinn was the winner for the 2016 Salute to Service Award.