Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ center Ryan Jensen was nominated on this Veterans Day by the NFL and USAA for the Salute To Service Award, which recognizes NFL players, coaches, personnel and alumni who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.
This is the second straight season that Jensen has been nominated for this prestigious award that’s in its tenth year running. The partnering sponsor, USAA, is the official Salute To Service Partner of the NFL.
Jensen has been very active in working with military families since joining the NFL. His own family has a history of serving in the armed forces with his grandfather and uncle serving in the Army while his brother is currently serving in the Marines.
Jensen has been involved with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, also known as TAPS, where he speaks withl and has maintained relationships with families who have lost a loved one in the military. He’s dedicated his “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative to TAPS as well. Jensen also has visited the MacDill Air Force Base multiple times and makes sure to visit local Veteran’s Assistance hospitals to speak with injured and sick Veterans.
“It’s an honor to use our platform to recognize and support the heroes who serve our country,” Jensen said. “This recognition is humbling, but it’s really a testament to all the service members who protect us. My family has been connected to the military for generations, and during this particularly challenging year, we remain thankful to the Armed Forces – and their families – who sacrifice to ensure our freedom.”
Each NFL team gets one player nominated from their roster. The finalists for the award are announced in January, with the recipient getting recognized at the NFL Honors Awards Show, which is aired the night before Super Bowl LV.