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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, 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.


Petition Signatures

Jan 17, 2017 Mary Frederickson
Jan 17, 2017 Giulia Palmioli
Jan 16, 2017 Michelle Howe
Jan 16, 2017 Kimberly Tanner
Jan 15, 2017 Robin Post End this right away! All money already given to NFL teams for it should be given to reputable veteran groups. Especially ones that help homeless vets/ones 'down on their luck'. Thank you.
Jan 15, 2017 edward jaracz
Jan 14, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Jan 14, 2017 Angelyn Krout It's a sad day when men who make a ton of money for running around a field after a football and slapping each other on the ass can't even make tribute to the men and women who fight for THEIR freedom without getting paid for it. You should be ashamed!
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2017 Ann Bertens
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2017 Nick Blythe
Jan 10, 2017 Cindy Martin
Jan 10, 2017 Aleasa Crary
Jan 10, 2017 Dean Shamblen
Jan 10, 2017 Tammy Boykin
Jan 10, 2017 Kristin Sullivan
Jan 10, 2017 Katherine Bommarito Really!!!!!!!!
Jan 9, 2017 sara elkins
Jan 7, 2017 Elsie Jump
Jan 7, 2017 amyle Miller I did not buy NFL stuff this year because it's ok to "take a knee" well it's not ok for me so you lost my money. Now this.
Jan 6, 2017 Lorena Ashcroft-Jackson
Jan 5, 2017 Maria Miranda
Jan 5, 2017 Claudia Wright
Jan 4, 2017 Dorothy Chandler
Jan 4, 2017 Laura Nelson Just so wrong in so many ways.
Jan 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 julie wiebe
Jan 3, 2017 Pegi Chase Valerie has the right idea. When I heard what the NFL was doing I couldn't believe it. And they're non profit?
Jan 3, 2017 Kathy Hume
Jan 2, 2017 Valerie Donaldson 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
Dec 31, 2016 Mavis Hilpipre
Dec 30, 2016 (Name not displayed) what I have to say to the low life NFL, can't be printed. but I will say thank you VA
Dec 30, 2016 Laurie Casey
Dec 30, 2016 Kathleen Champlin While the fireworks displays always make us feel patriotic, money to the vets would be more effective.
Dec 28, 2016 (Name not displayed) Totally ridiculous and shameful!!!
Dec 28, 2016 Martina Rimbaldo
Dec 27, 2016 (Name not displayed) If it was given because of the suggestion it would benefit Veterans, or is meant to be a memorial fund then that is what should happen.
Dec 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 25, 2016 Jodi Landowski
Dec 25, 2016 Sarah Makins
Dec 25, 2016 Antonia Powell
Dec 25, 2016 Amanda Barnes
Dec 25, 2016 Miranda Ganolli ❤️🙏🏻🌎✌🏻️❤️️
Dec 24, 2016 Kathryn McLean
Dec 24, 2016 Nitsa White
Dec 24, 2016 Eileen Duppstadt
Dec 24, 2016 Philip Oertly The NFL should pay their own way
Dec 24, 2016 Jessica Froneman

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