(Kyle Rivas/Cal Sport Media) Chiefs players, firefighters, police officers and military hold the flag during the fly-over before the NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
NFL Honors Military Through Event Outreach
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NOVEMBER 02, 2011

Each year the NFL is afforded the unique opportunity to showcase the league's commitment to the military through its special events. With its widely captivated fan base the league teams with its military support partners to create moments of joint recognition throughout the season. The NFL is proud of its long lasting and historic ties to the military and looks to incorporate those relationships into all big moments on the NFL calendar.
NFL Draft
In front of a prime-time television audience at Radio City Music Hall the NFL has made it an annual tradition to bring military outreach to its marquee off-season event. Each branch of the military is invited by Commissioner Roger Goodell to New York, where they are presented on-stage for special recognition and given the opportunity to announce team selections throughout the draft. The NFL also salutes the efforts of veterans and soldiers injured in combat through its partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. The rousing ovations from the sell-out crowds have become some of the most resonating moments of the Draft and enables fans from all 32 teams to come together and unite for a true Salute to Service.
To honor all military personnel, first responders, firefighters, law enforcement, victims, families and the healing American consciousness, the NFL commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with league-wide tributes and coordinated efforts that included performances of "Taps" from the sites of the attacks. "Taps" was performed in Shanksville, Pa; Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. and from Hoboken, N.J., looking across the Hudson River to Ground Zero. Coaches, players, first responders and other heroes also came together to hold field-length American flags for the playing of the National Anthem prior to each game. Presentations were shown in-stadium on videoboards and were followed by additional pregame and halftime presentations.
Players, coaches and sideline personnel commemorated the day on-field with a special NFL 9/11 ribbon patch sewn on their uniforms and sideline apparel. All stadiums hosting games on Sept. 11 also featured ribbon stencils on the playing field.
Off the field, the National Football League and the NFL Players Association contributed $500,000 to the 9/11 Museum & Memorial in Lower Manhattan, and $250,000 to be divided between the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. and the Pentagon Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C.
In addition, the NFL donated all proceeds from the sale of auction items from games played on Sunday, Sept. 11. These items, which fans can bid on at www.NFL.com/Auction, include game-worn autographed player jerseys, coach and player hats, commemorative game coins used during those games and are estimated to bring in an additional $250,000.
NFL Auction proceeds were divided equally between Tuesday's Children and MyGoodDeed. Tuesday's Children is a leading organization providing support and services to those who lost a loved one on 9/11 and towards rescue and recovery workers who responded to the events. As the principle organizer of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, MyGoodDeed is providing a positive, forward-looking way for Americans to honor and remember 9/11 victims, survivors, and first-responders.
Super Bowl
For decades the NFL and the military have held a close relationship at the Super Bowl, the most watched program year-to-year throughout the United States. In front of 500 million global viewers, the NFL salutes the military with a unique array of in-game celebrations including the presentation of colors, on-field appearances, pre-game ceremonies, and stadium flyovers.
As part of Super Bowl XLV, Super Bowl volunteers participated in a project called Welcome Home a Hero at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. The event was designed to provide a special welcome home for troops returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pro Bowl
With its history and large concentration of actively stationed military personnel in Hawaii, the NFL makes an annual commitment to recognize all branches of the military each time the league visits the islands.
Providing a rich Pro Bowl experience to military personnel and their families is important to the NFL. The NFL annually donates game tickets to service members, presents color guard and pregame flyovers, and arranges for military personnel to participate in pregame ceremonies.
As part of Pro Bowl 2011, players, coaches and community volunteers visited service members and their families at three military bases - Schofield Barracks, Kaneohe Bay and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Events included meet-and-greet sessions, photo opportunities, as well as NFL PLAY 60 football, cheerleading and fitness clinics for youth.
The 'Ohana Day Celebration and Kid's Zone held at Aloha Stadium has become one of the NFL's most visible community initiatives of Pro Bowl Weekend. The NFL provided transportation for over 3,000 children from military families to Aloha Stadium. The free public event included contests, interactive games, inspirational presentations, Mascot Mania and provided fans with a unique opportunity to watch both Pro Bowl team conduct practices.
As part of past Pro Bowl weekends, players and coaches also participated in guided tours of Pearl Harbor and military hospital visits to support wounded warriors at Tripler Army Medical Center.
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