INDIANAPOLIS – Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams was named the first recipient of the Salute to Service Award on Saturday.
The award was presented by USAA, the League’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, it was announced today. In its first year, the award acknowledges exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support U.S. service members and veterans.
Adams accepted the award at the inaugural NFL Honors award ceremony and gala in Indianapolis. As part of the prize package, USAA will contribute $25,000 in Adams’ honor to the aid societies representing all five military branches.
“The entire NFL community stands together as a proud supporter of our nation’s troops and veterans,” Adams said. “It’s my desire to see the work we’ve done encourage others to take action to support the men and women who make sacrifices daily so that we can live our lives freely.”
A veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving during World War II, Adams’ connection with the military community is a personal one, and in his 52 years as franchise owner, he has been a longstanding advocate of all servicemen and women.
Since moving the franchise to Tennessee in 1997, Adams and his team have been a familiar face to the troops stationed at nearby Fort Campbell, home to the Army’s 101stAirborne Division.
Adams has established relationships with the base’s primary commands and frequently hosts Fort Campbell troops at Titans’ home games. More than 11,000 troops have attended games as guests of Adams at LP Field since it opened in 1999