The National Football League and the NFL Players Association will continue its long history of honoring veterans and active duty members of the military with its annual Salute to Service campaign and auction.
During designated games, players will wear newly designed on-field apparel including hats, sweatshirts, gloves and captains patches, and will use camouflage Gatorade towels on the sidelines which are being sold via NFL Auctions.
Items will be added in the coming days but currently, they are offering jerseys to be worn by Broncos’ receiver Demaryius Thomas and Packers’ safety Morgan Burnett during November 18 games as well as several game-issued jerseys and Salute to Service game balls.
Throughout November, NFL teams will designate one home game to honor the military. During these games, which began with Thursday night’s Vikings-Redskins game on NFL Network, teams will display a number of Salute to Service-branded elements throughout their stadiums.
Again this year, for every point scored during the NFL’s 32 designated Salute to Service games, the league will donate $100 to each of its three core, military non-profit partners – the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO, and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) – for a total of $300 per point. Last year, the first year of the campaign, the NFL donated nearly $800,000 as a result of the Salute to Service campaign.
The games will also feature:
Players wearing helmet decals honoring military branches including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard
Camouflage ribbon footballs used during every play
Camouflage goal post wraps and pylons with camouflage ribbon decals
Wall banners and the words NFL Salute to Service written in the back of the end zone
Camouflage equipment for players including quarterback towels, Nike and Under Armour gloves, captain’s patches, camouflage Gatorade towels, New Era caps and knits, and Nike KO Hoodies
Camouflage sideline hats for coaches and sideline personnel and camouflage ribbon pins for coaches and team executives
Salute to Service coins for the coin toss
For the first time, special camouflage merchandise, including NFL Salute to Service Merchandise, Jerseys & Camo Hats, are available, with 100 percent of the NFL’s net proceeds donated to the league’s three core military nonprofit partners. The NFL does not profit from the sale or auction of Salute to Service merchandise.