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TMCNet:  Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik and Bears Cornerback Charles Tillman Named Salute to Service Award Finalists

[January 14, 2013]

Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik and Bears Cornerback Charles Tillman Named Salute to Service Award Finalists

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

The NFL and USAA, the League's Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, announced the two finalists for the 2012 Salute to Service Award today. USAA is a leading provider of insurance and other services to members of the U.S. military and their families.

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik were selected for their exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community.

The Salute to Service Award will be presented to one of the finalists at the "2nd Annual NFL Honors" - a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Saturday, February 2, 9-11 p.m. (ET) on CBS. In addition, a $25,000 contribution will be made by USAA in the winner's honor to the aid societies representing all five military branches.

"There are many men and women across the NFL who actively support the military and their families," said Steve Speakes, executive vice president of USAA's external affairs and a retired Army lieutenant general. "The Salute to Service Award is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on at least a few of those stories so that we may inspire others to do the same."

Two-time Pro Bowl player Tillman, whose father, Army Sergeant Donald Tillman Jr., retired after 20 years of service, understands the importance of giving back to those who serve our country as well as their families.

During the Bears' bye week this season, Tillman flew to Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas, to provide critically-ill children and their families with access to notebook computers, DVD players, digital cameras and MP3 players to help pass the time during recovery as part of his charity's Charles' Locker program. He also regularly conducts youth football camps on military bases, including the Army's Fort Hood and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms in California.

Dominik consistently seeks ways to connect his organization with the military, whether it's through training camp invitations for service members, organizing Veterans Affairs hospital visits or providing front-row tickets at Buccaneers' home games. This season, Dominik established a "Salute to Service Suite" at Raymond James Stadium to honor more than a dozen local military heroes at every home game.

With a passion for post-service personal and professional development assistance, Dominik spearheaded the Central Florida Military Resource Fair at Raymond James Stadium. The event, free to military, featured a job fair with federal, state and local employers, as well as interview skill development and resume assistance.

In October 2012, 23 NFL clubs nominated coaches, active and retired players, and team executives and personnel who best demonstrated support for the military community. The submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges based on the positive effect of the individual's efforts on the military community, the type of service conducted, the thoroughness of the program and level of commitment.

The panel of judges, consisting of representatives from the U.S. military, the NFL and USAA, includes:

  • Roger Staubach, Naval Academy graduate, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and Super Bowl MVP
  • Chad Hennings, Air Force Academy graduate, three-time Super Bowl champion
  • Rocky Bleier, U.S. Army veteran, four-time Super Bowl champion
  • Jim Mora, Sr., Marine Corps veteran, former NFL head coach
  • General Stephen Speakes, U.S. Army veteran, USAA executive vice president
  • Paul Hicks, NFL Executive Vice President, Communications

Tennessee Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams Jr. won the Salute to Service Award in 2011, the award's inaugural year. For more information about the Salute to Service Award, please visit www.nfl.com/salute or www.usaa.com/nfl.

All Salute to Service nominees are listed below:



NOMINEE     TEAM     TITLE
Robert Albertino     Kansas City Chiefs     VP Media and Marketing
Jared Allen     Minnesota Vikings     Defensive End
Paul Brondhaver     Cincinnati Bengals     Game Day Volunteer
Tom Coughlin     New York Giants     Head Coach
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders     Dallas Cowboys     Cheerleaders
Denver Broncos Cheerleaders     Denver Broncos     Cheerleaders
Mark Dominik     Tampa Bay Buccaneers     General Manager
Jeff Fisher     St. Louis Rams     Head Coach
Mike Flood     Seattle Seahawks     Vice President, Community Relations & Special Projects
John Harbaugh     Baltimore Ravens     Head Coach
DeSean Jackson     Philadelphia Eagles     Wide Receiver
Ben Kotwica     New York Jets     Assistant Special Teams
Gary Kubiak     Houston Texans     Head Coach
Pat McAfee (News - Alert)     Indianapolis Colts     Punter
Mike Mularkey     Jacksonville Jaguars     Head Coach
Troy Polamalu     Pittsburgh Steelers     Strong Safety
Ron Rivera     Carolina Panthers     Head Coach
Mike Smith     Atlanta Falcons     Head Coach
Joe Thomas     Cleveland Browns     Offensive Lineman
Charles Tillman     Chicago Bears     Cornerback
Joe Vitt     New Orleans Saints     Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers
Ralph C. Wilson     Buffalo Bills     Owner and President
Darrel Young     Washington Redskins     Fullback
       

About USAA

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