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We all know about the NFL's pre-game salutes to our troops and veterans, but what you probably DIDN'T know was that they were being paid to do it with tax-payer money!

Recently, The Hill uncovered the heinous truth that 14 NFL teams have been accepting money from the Defense Department and the National Guard to put on displays of patriotism, events like their “Hometown Heroes” segments and jet flyovers. The Atlanta Falcons received the biggest allocation of funds, accepting over a million dollars in the past four years!

At no point have the NFL teams involved in these deals explicated that their troop tributes were sponsored. They've been taking credit for “supporting the troops” altruistically when it’'s really the troops that have been supporting them!

The icy sting is felt most when one learns that the money the NFL has been taking to honor the troops —something they should be doing for free as proud Americans— has been taxpayer money from the Defense Department and the National Guard!

Take action against the NFL by telling Commissioner Roger Goodell an apology needs to be made to their fans and to all Americans! The NFL should take the equivalent to funds that they've accepted and donate them to the VA to help soldiers and veterans.

Patriotism comes from pride, not from the bank!

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Dear NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,

I find it absolutely unacceptable that you have allowed NFL franchises to pull the wool over our eyes in regards to the NFL's “patriotism” and have remained silent on this issue.

According to a recent report by NJ.com, The New York Jets received $377,000 from the Defense Department between 2011 and 2014. Other news sources (The Hill and The Florida Times Union) reported that your entire organization has received over $5.4 million in funds for in-game events sponsored by the military.

Understanding that the events were paid for by the Defense Department and the National Guard with taxpayer money is frustrating enough, but to find that these teams have not disclosed that the events were sponsored is wrong and deceitful towards their fans. For franchises to portray their patriotism as altruistic, generous, or as anything other than sponsored is a lie that requires an apology to their fans and to the troops.

Overall, the fact that your organization is even accepting money for these types of patriotic spectacles is wrong. The Defense Department should not have to pay you to show your support for America's military service members. You should be honoring the military because you have respect for our soldiers and veterans.

Americans are patriotic to show their gratitude towards the men and women who sacrifice themselves so that we may enjoy our personal freedoms. Americans should not be patriotic because they are paid to do so. As Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona has said, "[the NFL] realize the public believes they're doing it as a public service or a sense of patriotism. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth."

As suggested by The Florida Times Union, I think that you, as the commissioner of the NFL, should require each of the 14 NFL teams that have accepted these funds to withdraw the exact amount of money they've received and donate those funds to the VA and other organizations that support soldiers and veterans. This, in addition to a formal apology, is the only way that the NFL can make amends for disguising their deals with the Pentagon and misleading their fans.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Mar 29, 2017 Deborah Creighton
Mar 28, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate/Human
Mar 28, 2017 Jack Martin
Mar 27, 2017 jamie pickstone
Mar 27, 2017 Cara Ammon
Mar 26, 2017 Viviane Gluckman
Mar 26, 2017 Patricia Biggs If the NFL wants to honor active troops and our veterans, that's great. But, as a taxpayer, I object to having to pay the NFL for this "privilege". The NFL makes a ton of money. Honor the troops and veterans on your own dime!
Mar 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 resi hennebert
Mar 24, 2017 Dorothy Milligan
Mar 22, 2017 Debbie Lamm
Mar 21, 2017 k v
Mar 20, 2017 LILIANNE ROBERT
Mar 20, 2017 PJ Chambers Another scandal for the NFL!
Mar 18, 2017 Teresa Tarin
Mar 18, 2017 Susan Valiga
Mar 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 15, 2017 barbara diaz THE NFL IS FILTHY FILTHY RICH. STOP TAKING GOVERNMENT MONEY FOR SALUTING AMERICAN TROOPS. DO IT FOR FREE AND GIVE THAT MONEY TO THE VA.
Mar 15, 2017 Charmaine Shannon
Mar 14, 2017 Katelyn O'Leary
Mar 14, 2017 KAREN SWEENEY
Mar 13, 2017 T O
Mar 13, 2017 Liz Rickett Another reason not to watch pro football
Mar 13, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Mar 13, 2017 Nadine Voelz
Mar 13, 2017 gem Lomath
Mar 13, 2017 Joanne Hart
Mar 12, 2017 Jonathan Juges
Mar 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 11, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 11, 2017 L B DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mar 10, 2017 lisa arnold
Mar 10, 2017 Chuck Clarke
Mar 10, 2017 Shawn Olswold Which are the 14 teams?
Mar 8, 2017 Diana Van Hise Integrity is everything and it is something the NFL is lacking in this case. You make enough money, give the vets a break already.
Mar 7, 2017 Debra Yovella
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2017 Jane A Lemison The NFL has enough money, they do not need the Defense Department to get them to advertise for the Veterans or the Military. That money could be put towards organizations that help Veterans.
Mar 3, 2017 Karen Redd
Mar 3, 2017 Catherine Bordner
Mar 3, 2017 CHRIS LANEAVE
Mar 1, 2017 Doug Johnston
Mar 1, 2017 Ed Vieira
Feb 28, 2017 Wilifred Alire The NFL should donate the funds they received to organizations that support soldiers and veterans.
Feb 28, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is SICKENING! Players make millions each year while military folks barely make enough to support their families and then you all pretend to support our military! That is disgusting and you should be ashamed!
Feb 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2017 Fernanda Coelho
Feb 25, 2017 Kelsey Brewer
Feb 25, 2017 Kim Randolph

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