Detroit, Green Bay and Houston Top Million Fan Salute

Posted Jan 28, 2013

Local military communities will earn rewards from USAA


SAN ANTONIO – Fans of the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans “saluted” their way to the top of the Million Fan Salute campaign developed by the NFL and its Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, USAA.

All 32 NFL teams identified local military units as part of the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign spotlighted throughout November. Fans were asked to visit to create a digital salute for the military on behalf of their favorite NFL team. The three cities garnering the most salutes would earn rewards for their local military communities courtesy of USAA.

The Lions, Packers and Texans selected the Michigan National Guard, Wisconsin Army National Guard and Texas Air National Guard respectively. As a result, those units became beneficiaries for the Million Fan Salute rewards, which are being tailored to meet the individual needs of each unit.

USAA will help the Michigan National Guard make equipment upgrades and other improvements to its fitness center at Camp Grayling, and assist the Wisconsin Army National Guard with fitness equipment upgrades at a number of its installations around the state of Wisconsin.

“The equipment upgrades will provide a boost for everyone, and we appreciate the entire Lions community who helped make it happen,” says Camp Grayling Garrison Commander Erich Randall. “Because it’s used for both training and recreation, the fitness center is a big part of life here.”

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“We are honored to have such a close relationship with the Green Bay Packers, and their support of our soldiers and airmen has been nothing short of phenomenal. The additional recreational equipment supported by USAA directly benefits all our service members and is greatly appreciated. We thank USAA for their continued support of the National Guard,” says Brig. Gen. Mark Anderson.

Houston’s Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base will use their reward to help construct a jogging trail adjacent to a new athletic track under construction.

“The Houston community has a long history of standing behind military members and veterans everywhere,” says Ellington’s 147th Vice Commander Col. Terence Winkler. “We’re extremely grateful for the support we have received, and look forward to having an area where our reserve and guard men and women can exercise off the streets and away from traffic.

“Congratulations to all three winners of the Million Fan Salute for rallying their fan bases to thank and honor the military,” said Don Clark, USAA executive director of sports sponsorships and events. “This program underscores that USAA and the entire NFL community actively stands behind all those who have served.”

About USAA

USAA provides insurance and more to 9.4 million members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA membership is open to all who are serving or have honorably served our nation in the U.S. military – and their families. For more information about USAA, or to learn more about membership, visit