Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams is a finalist for the NFL's inaugural Salute to Service Award, which recognizes contributions made to the United States Military.
The other finalist is Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
Adams, a veteran of U.S. Navy in World War II, has had the Titans franchise develop a relationship with Fort Campbell, home of of the Army's 101st Airborne Division, since the team relocated to Tennessee in 1997.
Since that time, more than 11,000 Fort Campbell soldiers have been guests at Titans games, and the team has also made several visits to the base during that time.
“We should never take for granted the tremendous sacrifices made daily by our nation’s military,” said Steve Speakes, executive vice president of USAA’s external affairs and a retired Army lieutenant general. “Together with the NFL, we are launching the Salute to Service Award as a way to recognize those in the NFL community who appreciate and honor that sacrifice, enrich the lives of military members and encourage others to do the same.”
Similarly, Harbaugh’s dedication includes frequent base visits, as well. Harbaugh who became the Ravens coach in 2008, was the main force in the team’s decision to institute a Military Appreciation Day, an annual event which was established during his first training camp with the team. Since then, an estimated 2,000 service members have enjoyed preferred seating and opportunities to meet with players and coaches during Ravens’ camp