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Veterans Day: Larry Fitzgerald nominated for Salute to Service Award

His service to the military community gets recognized.

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This actual announcement is a few days old, but being a day to honor our country's veterans, it is definitely timely. Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was named the team's nominee  for the "Salute to Service Award presented by USAA." The award, presented annual by USAA and the NFL, honors a league member who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community. USAA is the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL.

The nomination was announced last week. Each team has one nominee and finalists are named in January. The winner will be recognized at the "5th Annual NFL Honors" awards show in San Francisco on CBS on Saturday, Feb. 6, the night before Super Bowl 50.

Past winners include Jared Allen (2014), John Harbaugh (2013), Charles Tillman (2012), and the late Tennessee Titans owner, K.S. "Bud" Adams, a WWII veteran (2011).

Coming from a family with deep-rooted military ties, Fitzgerald was nominated by the Cardinals because of his tremendous support for the military. Here is some of what his nomination tells us:

In May of 2015, Fitzgerald held a free, two-day ProCamp for 200 children of military personnel at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC, the largest US Army base in the world with over 50,000 active service member. In addition to teaching children the fundamentals of football, including route-running and catching passes he also participated in a meet and great and Q&A with Wounded Warriors from the base. In March of 2016 he will host another such program at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA. In October of 2014 Fitzgerald participated in a similar camp at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The goal of the camps is to support the Defense Department's Healthy Base Initiative, which helps service members, their families and DOD civilians live healthier lives through nutrition and fitness. Earlier in 2014, he joined a group of NFL players who participated in a camp at the Schofield Barracks in O'ahu, Hawaii in January. Also in 2014, Fitzgerald was at Luke Air Force Base for a fly-along with pilot Maj. Michael Fisher aboard an Air Force Thunderbirds fighter. Fitzgerald was a passenger in the F-16 for an hour-long flight to help promote Luke's Open House and Air Show that weekend. In June of 2011, Larry joined EAS on a promotion for the Semper Fi Fund. He did numerous interviews to raise awareness for the "Views for Vets" Semper Fi Fund initiative.

Here is the list of nominees for each NFL team:




Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald Jr. (WR)

Atlanta Falcons

Dan Quinn (Head Coach)

Baltimore Ravens

Steve Smith Sr. (WR)

Buffalo Bills

Manny Lawson (LB)

Carolina Panthers

Ron Rivera (Head Coach)

Chicago Bears

Matt Slauson (G/C)

Cincinnati Bengals

Johanna Kappner (Finance Employee)

Cleveland Browns

Alex Mack (C)

Dallas Cowboys

Darren Woodson (Former S)

Denver Broncos

Malik Jackson (DE)

Green Bay Packers

Zeke Bratkowski (Former QB)

Houston Texans

Brian Cushing (LB)

Indianapolis Colts

Pat McAfee (P)

Jacksonville Jaguars*

Roy Miller (DT)*

Jacksonville Jaguars*

Matthew Smiley (Assistant Special Teams Coach)*

Kansas City Chiefs

Mike DeVito (DE)

Miami Dolphins

Jason Fox (OT)

New England Patriots

Robert Kraft (Owner)

New Orleans Saints

Sean Payton (Head Coach)

New York Giants

Tom Coughlin (Head Coach)

New York Jets

Eric Decker (WR)

Oakland Raiders

Napoleon McCallum (Former RB)

Philadelphia Eagles

Zach Ertz (TE)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Alejandro Villanueva (OT)

St. Louis Rams

Jeff Fisher (Head Coach)

San Francisco 49ers

Torrey Smith (WR)

San Diego Chargers

Mike McCoy (Head Coach)

Seattle Seahawks

Jermaine Kearse (WR)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Vincent Jackson (WR)

Washington Redskins

Andre Roberts (WR)

***The Jaguars submitted two nominees.