It’s the month of November, and with that we’ve on to the NFL’s annual “Salute to Service” month. As a part of this particular month, each NFL team has nominated a player for the Salute to Service Award, which is given out by the folks from USAA.
For this season, the nominee that the Minnesota Vikings have put forward is running back Latavius Murray, and based on what he’s done recently, he would seem to have a pretty solid chance of winning the award.
Murray was a part of the USO tour that went over to Germany and Italy this past offseason, and hosted the 945th Forward Surgical Team, an Army Reserve unit from Fort Snelling, at this year’s Training Camp. He is also the second player in the NFL to serve as an ambassador for the United Heroes League, an organization that provides registration fees and sporting equipment for children of military families.
On top of that, Murray’s fiancee is an active duty military member. She is currently in her 11th year in the United States Navy, and recently gave birth to the couple’s first child. He has encouraged her to continue with her career in the Navy.
If you want to read more about Murray’s story, or any of the other 31 nominees for the award, you can check out all of their stories at NFL.com.
This is the eighth year that USAA has done their Salute to Service Award. Former Vikings defensive end Jared Allen won the award in 2014, the year he moved on to play for the Chicago Bears. The finalists for this year’s award will be announced in January.
Here’s hoping that Latavius Murray can bring home this year’s Salute to Service Award for the Vikings.