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Jeff Locke Nominated For Salute To Service Award

The Vikings’ punter is having a solid year on the field, but his off-field work is being recognized, too.

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On the field, Minnesota Vikings’ punter Jeff Locke is enjoying what might be the best season of his four-year NFL career. But he’s now got an opportunity to be recognized for what he does off the field as well.

Locke is among the nominees for this season’s “Salute To Service” Award, an award that recognizes those that show outstanding support for U.S. service members, veterans, and their families.

Locke, who was born on an Air Force base in Germany, spends plenty of time visiting people at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, and over the last two years has participated in an event called the “Longest Day of Golf” as a part of the Tee It Up For The Troops charity. The inaugural “Longest Day of Golf” was actually held at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, so I think we can assume that Locke had a hand in getting the whole thing started.

The “Salute To Service” Award is organized by USAA, with each team getting one nominee for the award. The award winner will be named at the NFL Honors Ceremony the night before the Super Bowl. Former Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was the winner of the award for the 2014 season.

Best of luck to Jeff Locke in his efforts to win this year’s Salute To Service Award.