Deone Bucannon was nominated today for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. The award was created to acknowledge the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support U.S. service members, veterans and their families.
According to NFL.com, here is why the money linebacker is deserving of the nomination:
Duane Bucannon’s (Deone’s father) military career took his family around the West Coast and Hawaii, eventually landing them in Fairfield, California. Through at least eight moves, Duane, a Marine Corps veteran and Sonji, who spent 23 years in the Navy, instilled structure and passion into a young Deone Bucannon while fueling his dream to play professional football. This passion is shown as Deone continues to be the first to volunteer when there is any kind of event revolving around the Military. When the Arizona Cardinals visited Luke Air Force Base to feed the airmen on the flight line, Deone was the first to volunteer. Deone and the airmen spent the night talking, signing autographs and taking pictures, but fanfare or publicity is not the reason Deone gives back to the military. Deone often spends his free time on base either back home with his mother and father or here in Arizona; he likes to just sit down with a group of soldiers and tell stories about his childhood and growing up on military bases. The Arizona Cardinals hold a great event each year partnered with the USO and Pros vs GI Joes where they put Arizona Cardinals players against military members stationed overseas and connect them through XBOX Live technology. Deone is always the first to sign up for these events and the last one to leave. He will put the game down, take time to get to know the servicemen and women and wish them a safe journey. Deone plans to continue telling his stories and giving back to his military family in any way he can.
Read more on the Salute to Service award on NFL.com.