All 32 NFL franchises announced their Salute to Service Award presented by USAA nominees last week, and the late Paul Allen is the Seattle Seahawks’ nominee.
In a press release, the Salute to Service Award is described as an award which “honors a league member who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.”
In the same press release, Allen’s nomination by the Seahawks is explained further:
“Because of the legacy he has left behind, particularly his commitment to preserving military history. Inspired by his father, who served in the U.S. Army, Allen acquired and preserved historic military planes, and showcased them in his Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. The facility features one-of-a-kind exhibits and nearly 100 military vehicles. As owner of the Seattle Seahawks, he showed an appreciation to veterans and active duty service members through numerous programs, recognitions and special moments.”
Allen is joined by fellow nominees ranging from executive vice presidents (Howie Roseman), to retired offensive linemen (Joe Thomas) and even the Kansas City Chiefs’ cheerleaders. A full list of this year’s nominees can be found here.
The finalists for the Salute to Service Award will be announced in January, before the recipient is honored at the NFL awards show on the eve of Super Bowl LIII.