Redskins fullback Darrel Young, as we noted back in November, is a candidate to win this year’s Salute to Service Award at the NFL Honors ceremony.
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’s older brother, David, has served numerous tours overseas but remains Darrel’s biggest fan. Their time apart has been difficult but has also strengthened their relationship, as each brother’s profession garners the other’s respect.
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.”
Young has an impressive resume of giving back to active military members.
As his NFL nominee profile reads, “Since last season, [Young] has taken multiple trips to USO centers on local military bases, shown military children the importance of physical fitness through the Salute to PLAY 60 Military Challenge, developed friendships with active duty deployed soldiers through Google+ hangouts [and] bonded with (and competed against) wounded warriors at the local Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Game.”
To support Young in this final week of voting, use the hashtag #SaluteToService and mention his name.
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