Every year, the NFL announces 32 nominees from each team for a chance to win the tenth annual Salute to Service Award. This award recognizes players who have gone above and beyond to support the military community.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) November 11, 2020
This is the second year in a row that Ryan Jensen has received a nomination. And his family has a deep history of military experience.
Jensen’s grandfather, Keith Palmer, served in the army with tours in Vietnam and Korea. Jensen’s uncle followed in those footsteps, also serving in the army. Lastly, Alec Hatfield, Jensen’s brother, has completed two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the marines.
Jensen has made frequent visits to MacDill Air Force Base, and has been active in team initiatives. This is what Jensen had to say about his work, (via: buccaneers.com)
“It’s an honor to use our platform to recognize and support the heroes who serve our country,” said Jensen. “This recognition is humbling, but it’s really a testament to all the service members who protect us. My family has been connected to the military for generations, and during this particularly challenging year, we remain thankful to the Armed Forces – and their families – who sacrifice to ensure our freedom.”
Finalists are slated to be announced in January, with the winner receiving recognition at the NFL Honors the week of Super Bowl LV.