Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn has been named the 2017 recipient of the Salute to Service Award by the NFL and USAA, the league’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor. Quinn, who was chosen over Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle and ex-Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva, will receive the award tomorrow night at the NFL Honors event in Houston.
“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 hosts a “Military Day” at Training Camp and invites 20 military members to 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.
Check out our post about the finalists for more information on USAA and the Salute to Service Award.https://undertheradar.military.com/2017/01/usaa-names-nfl-salute-service-finalists/