NY Jets Andre Roberts is forever grateful for his military heritage

Elizabeth Howe
September 16, 2018 - 10:00 am

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Andre Roberts is a wide receiver for the New York Jets, but he’s also the child of two Army veterans and an alumnus of the Citadel. His close relationship with the military, inspired him to continue supporting service members and their families through his NFL career.

Throughout the year, Roberts supports and participates in several different military support projects and programs. He made multiple visits to VA hospitals, went fishing with veterans at “Fishing with the Falcons” and supported TAPS through the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” program. During the offseason, Roberts visits military bases from Hawaii to Georgia and everywhere in between. These installation visits are one of his favorite military support activities.

“The best experience is always working with the kids,” Roberts said. “It never ceases to amaze me how great these kids are. They have to move all the time, learn how to live in different places from year to year. Being able to tell them that I was in their place as a military brat has always been so much fun for me.”

In 2017 Roberts received the Salute to Service Award as recognition for the many military support projects and programs he takes part in and supports throughout the year.

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“The Salute to Service Award is the biggest award I’ve gotten in my NFL career,” said Roberts. “It meant a lot because the military is super important to me. Both my parents were in the Army and I went to a military school so I understand the sacrifices that my parents made. I have a lot of respect for what military men and women do and what they have to deal with on a day to day basis.”

The Salute to Service Award is presented by the NFL and USAA. It recognizes exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor U.S. service members, veterans and families. The 32  nominees in 2017 included head coaches, line coaches, cheerleaders, managers, owners and, of course, players.

The NFL supports all branches of the military through multiple programs, foundations and organizations including Salute to Service and the Salute to Service Award. Salute to Service extends beyond football season to provide support to active duty service members, veterans and families. Since 2011, Salute to Service has raised more than $26 million in donations to support programs like the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.