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: January 14, 2013, 06:19:00 AM





Charles Tillman, Mark Dominik Salute to Service finalists

NEW YORK -- The NFL and United Services Automobile Association, the League's Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, announced the two finalists for the 2012 Salute to Service Award on Sunday. 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 prime-time awards special to air nationally on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 9 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 Sgt. 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.

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#1 : January 14, 2013, 04:32:02 PM

lol the big D0uche

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#2 : January 14, 2013, 04:37:32 PM

I know many will disagree but I think Dom is a solid GM and better than a lot of them out there. Sure he has made his mistakes but hes also done a fair amount of good moves since hes been here. If he learns from his mistakes he can be a great GM.

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#3 : January 14, 2013, 05:43:55 PM

I know many will disagree but I think Dom is a solid GM and better than a lot of them out there. Sure he has made his mistakes but hes also done a fair amount of good moves since hes been here. If he learns from his mistakes he can be a great GM.

I won't disagree.

+1 man.

Naismith was right about Revis. Everyone else is a dummy.

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#4 : February 02, 2013, 09:09:52 AM

Hope the Bucs and Dominik win. ALWAYS great support for the military in the area.

Today is the announcement if he's the winner of the award.

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#5 : February 03, 2013, 02:29:48 AM

did he win?

This space for rent....*sigh* I trusted you coach.

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#6 : February 03, 2013, 05:50:37 AM

No

http://www.millionfansalute.com/salute_to_service_winner
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