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Falcons Receiver Andre Roberts Wins Salute To Service Award

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Andre Roberts Wins Salute To Service Award

On January 31, 2018, the NFL and USAA named Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and return specialist Andre Roberts as the 2017 Salute to Service Award recipient. The NFL awards this honor to NFL players that have an active role in the military community. Roberts has a history of military ties due to his parents being in the army. He also attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. The Citadel is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States.

“True heroism is measured by a person’s willingness to sacrifice themselves for the safety and freedom of others. The men and women of the U.S. Armed Services are the greatest collection of heroes in our world today. I’m honored to salute their service and I’m forever grateful for the military heritage of my mother and father, both Army veterans, as well as the values of service to country and fellow man I received at the Citadel. May God bless the brave men, women, and families of the U.S. military who have sacrificed so much for our great country.”

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Roberts’ Military Background

As I mentioned, Andre Roberts’ parents are both Army veterans.

“My father finished as a command sergeant major and my mother as first sergeant.”

When he was younger, Roberts moved around a lot and did not see his parents much. His father served in Desert Storm for some time, but he was young, and it did not affect him that much. His parents had to go to South Korea for a year. As a result, both he and his brother had to live with their grandparents in the Virgin Islands. Even though Roberts chose not to follow in his parents’ footsteps by serving in the military, he still brought that leadership with him throughout his life. Team captain of his high school football team, Roberts decided to attend The Citadel although he had offers from both FCS and FBS schools.

Roberts has attributed that decision in part to his former high school football coach.

“My head coach in high school – Jimmy Noonan – went to The Citadel and he kind of got it in my head. I didn’t think it was going to be that hard, coming from a strict household to a military school, but it was a little bit tougher than I thought it was going to be.”

Work In the Community

Throughout his eight-year NFL career, Roberts has remained dedicated to working with the Salute to Service military appreciation campaign. During the Salute to Service Week, Roberts volunteered at multiple VA hospitals to thank all veterans at each location. Not only does he volunteer during the season, but also the offseason. In the summer, Roberts helps host football camps for children in grades 1-8 on military bases across the country.

Back To Back

In the history of the Salute to Service Award, this is the first time it has been awarded to members of the same team in back-to-back years. It should be no surprise that Dan Quinn won the award last year considering his active role in the military community. Since Quinn has arrived in Atlanta, he has actively tried to build a military rep around this Falcons team. He has invited military members to practice, and they have given the team tips on leadership and teamwork. We congratulate both Dan Quinn and Andre Roberts in their role in the military community.

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