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Falcons CEO Steve Cannon named ‘Salute to Service Award’ finalist

Cannon was selected for his exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community.

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Steve Cannon, the Chief Executive Officer for the Atlanta Falcons/AMB Group, has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 NFL Salute to Service Award. The award honors a member of the NFL who demonstrates a commitment to supporting the military community.

Cannon is a West Point graduate who served as an Airborne Ranger 1st Lieutenant in West Germany during the fall of the Iron Curtain. Due to his commitment to honoring the military, the Falcons became the first NFL team to conduct their very own USO Tour. The Falcons organization has also raised more than $250,000 to help homeless veterans in the state of Georgia. Additionally, Cannon serves on the Board of Directors for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Children of Fallen Patriots, and Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund.

This is the second consecutive year that Cannon has been named a finalist for the award, and he’s joined this year by New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona and San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch as the finalists for the tenth annual Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

The Falcons organization has a strong commitment to honoring the military, as the Salute to Service Award recipients from 2016-2018 were all members of the Falcons organization: Dan Quinn (2016), Andre Roberts (2017) and Ben Garland (2018).

“America’s military community is stronger thanks to the service and support from all three worthy finalists for tenth annual ‘Salute to Service Award presented by USAA,” said Vice Admiral (Ret.) John Bird, USAA Senior Vice President of Military Affairs. “While two of this years finalist served our nation in uniform, this award is meant to highlight efforts we can all make to support America’s military community. We thank and appreciate Steve, Joe, and John for joining USAA in always honoring and serving our military, veterans, and their families.”

The 2020 Salute to Service Award recipient will be announced during NFL Honors on Feb. 6, 2021, the night before Super Bowl LV. USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to U.S. military members, veterans, and their families, will contribute $25,000 in the award recipients honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.