Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Young is a nominee for the Salute to Service Award.
According to NFL.com, the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA was created to acknowledge the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support U.S. service members and veterans.
Young, whose older brother David has served numerous stints overseas, takes any chance he can get at giving back to our servicemen and servicewomen.
During Military Appreciation Day in late July, hundreds of active duty members filled the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va., to watch the Redskins practice.
Braving rainy and windy conditions, Young was thankful that they took time out of their schedules to watch his teammates and he run through a practice session.
“They’re saying thank you, but we’re the ones who should be saying thank you,” Young said at the time. “It’s a day to give back, smile, have fun and get away from the game for a second and realized there are more important things than what we do on the field.”
“It’s just fun to hear those guys cheering. It takes them out from what they’re doing on a daily basis — deploying and leaving their families, getting up early to run PT, which is more than we (run). …Standing out here in the rain? That’s support right there.”
Signing autographs and mingling, Young was the last Redskin on the field, wanting to make sure he was able to connect with everyone there.
In September, Young was at the unveiling of Jay Briseno Jr.’s new home.
Briseno Jr. was severely injured by an Iraqi bystander in 2003 and needed a home properly equipped for his needs.
Representing the organization, Young just simply wanted to say thank you to a veteran who was defending the country.
“What you do is what everyone does in the military — make us safe,” Young said. “We can’t be worrying about the new iPhone and stuff like that when people are putting their lives on the line. This is just to say thank you for everything that he’s done and we love you and we thank you.”
To support Young, use the hashtag #SaluteToService and mention his name.
Read more about his efforts here.
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