John Lynch, the general manager for the 49ers, was named as the team’s nominee for the Salute to Service award. The award was created to recognize NFL players staff for their personal support of the military and military community.
Finalists will be announced in January and the winner will be announced at the NFL Honors show on February 3rd. Last year’s winner was the head coach of the Falcons, Dan Quinn.
The following was taken from Lynch’s nomination profile:
“Since 1998, Lynch has frequented various Air Force bases and military hospitals to personally thank those serving in the military, including MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL, Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD, and various visits to Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. In 2002, the John Lynch Foundation hosted the ‘Salute the Stars & Stripes’ fundraiser honoring then United States Army Commander of U.S. Central Command TOMMY FRANKS. During his last season playing in the NFL (2007), Lynch hosted troops from Buckley Air Force Base (Aurora, CO) during the Denver Broncos training camp at Dove Valley. He visited with and shared a meal with military personnel who had either recently returned from serving in Iraq or were preparing for overseas deployment. Lynch’s military appreciation continues to this day. Every year since 2011, he has hosted military families at the annual Lynch Christmas Party in Colorado and during his inaugural training camp as 49ers general manager, Lynch hosted service men and women during the team’s Military Appreciation Day.”
Other nominees for this year’s award can be found here.