Andrew Beck, Denver Broncos TE, receives the NFL’s Salute to Service Award

LOS ANGELES — Denver Broncos tight end Andrew BeckHas been awarded the NFL's Salute to Service Award

Beck will be honored at NFL Honors. This prime-time awards program is Thursday night's premier time. It is where The Associated Press announces its individual award winners for 2021. USAA, which provides financial services and insurance to U.S. veterans and military personnel, will donate $25,000 in Beck's honour to each of the official aid societies for each military branch. The NFL Foundation will match USAA’s $25,000 donation and donate Beck’s choice of military charity.

Beck, a three year veteran, has been nearly as active in helping military personnel as he has been in the Broncos’ playbook. Beck was drawn to his strong support for armed forces causes naturally.

Beck says, “My relationship with military personnel is very personal. As I grew in a military family with a dad who is still active duty in the U.S Army,” Beck said. Beck says that there are many reasons why it is important to give back our military service personnel beyond having an active duty parent.

“These men, women and children make so many sacrifices for our country and expect nothing in return. It is important that we give back to our military veterans, who are an example of true selflessness.

Beck has partnered over the past three seasons with America's Gold Star Families (Buckley Space Force Base, Fort Carson Army Base), Freedom Service Dogs and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), USO Colorado. VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Volunteers of America Colorado, Wounded Warrior Project. Through his strategic outreach, he has reached over 425 military families.

Beck refused to let the pandemic affect his commitment. Beck organized Salute to Service care packs for Colorado military bases and hosted a virtual visit with Wounded Warrior Project veterans.

Beck took part in a virtual visit to Buckley Space Force Base, USO Colorado and Buckley Space Force Base during the 2021 offseason. This was to celebrate WingMan Week. He also collaborated with Freedom Service Dogs of America to promote multiple initiatives.

The judging panel for the award included Steve Cannon CEO of AMB Sports & Entertainment (Atlanta Falcons) and 2020 Salute to Service Award recipient; Vice Admiral John Bird (Retired), USAA senior vice president of military affairs; Lenny Bandy, the NFL's VP of security and a Marine Corps veteran; Air Force Academy graduate Chad Hennings, who won three Super Bowls; 2019 award recipient Donnie Edwards; and former NFL coach Jim Mora, a Marine Corps veteran.

Beck, the 11th winner of the award, never asked for recognition for helping military families and members. He wants the plaudits to be in the other direction.

“My message is “thank you” to all who have served, or are currently serving.” He says, “for everything that you do so we can continue to enjoy these freedoms that many of you take for granted.” Many people find our military personnel to be an inspiration. Without them, none of us would be able to do what we do.

“So my message is to all active duty and retired military personnel: Thank you for your selflessness and sacrifices.”

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