On Veterans Day, it’s solely becoming we highlight one of many nice off-field acknowledgements for a Cincinnati Bengals participant. The workforce’s tight finish, Hayden Hurst, has been nominated for the NFL’s twelfth Annual “Salute to Service Award” introduced by USAA.
The Salute to Service Award acknowledges NFL gamers, coaches, employees and alumni with demonstrable dedication to honoring and supporting army and veteran communities, as nominated by NFL golf equipment. The finalists can be introduced in January, and the recipient can be acknowledged at NFL Honors, a primetime awards particular to air nationally in February in the course of the week of Tremendous Bowl LVII, per the NFL’s official press launch on the award.
Hurst was nominated due to his off-field help and contributions to army members and their households. He has lengthy been an outspoken advocate for psychological well being, having skilled struggles himself.
Hurst has admirably parlayed these private struggles into a big pressure for good locally. The Hayden Hurst Basis was born of his personal previous points with psychological and emotional well being and now engages in nice group work to assist carry consciousness and help to others needing assist.
Psychological well being and army members is an ongoing and massively unlucky subject. Fortunately, extra consciousness is being dropped at the forefront on the necessity for extra assist there, and nice nonprofits like The Hayden Hurst Basis assist highlight these points and try and carry wanted choices and options.
This award getting whittled down to a few remaining nominees is decided by fan vote. Followers can go to NFL.com/SaluteFanVote from now till November 30, with one vote per day, per fan being permitted.
USAA is the title sponsor of this nice award, and they’re proud to be a number one supplier of insurance coverage, banking and different monetary companies to U.S. army members, veterans and their households. They’ve dedicated $25,000 within the recipient’s identify to official support societies representing all U.S. army branches, with the NFL matching USAA’s contribution by donating an extra $25,000 to the awardee’s army or veteran charity of selection.
Hurst’s path from his struggles as a younger man to changing into a first-round decide within the NFL draft a number of years in the past is an admirable one. He landed with the Bengals final yr and the match appears to be an amazing one, as Hurst has notched 38 catches and two touchdowns up to now this season.
Our buddy Dale Altman of the “Bengals and Brews” podcast has additionally been in contact with the Hurst household they usually have requested for help. Altman has labored with them on a few issues just lately, so remember to attain out to him to get additional concerned.
An enormous congratulations to Hurst for his nomination. This is likely one of the extra valued awards by a variety of gamers, as they get acknowledged for his or her onerous work off of the soccer subject.
And, after all, an enormous thanks to present and former army members, their vital others/spouses, in addition to all first responders and their households on this Veteran’s Day weekend.