View Full Version : NFL Teams Paid to "Support The Troops"

05-27-2015, 11:14 AM
So this report that some NFL teams were paid large sums of money to have "Support the Troops" tributes during games has been out for a week or two now, however today was the first time I got to see the actual list of teams that actually took money. http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/which_nfl_teams_are_getting_your_federal_tax_dolla .html I'm just so relieved to see that the Broncos weren't one of them.

I get the need to recruit young people by the DoD, I just wish they would've gone about it differently. However, as pointed out in this Grantland article http://grantland.com/the-triangle/veterans-affairs-the-uneasy-marriage-of-military-money-and-the-nfl/ It's disappointing that these NFL teams had to be bought in order for them to be outwardly patriotic. Patriotism should come from the heart, not the wallet. The DoD just letting it happen is a tad ridiculous in my opinion.

Having never been to a Broncos game in Denver, I can't speak to the amount of support they show there; but I can say that the last two Broncos/Chargers, Niners/Chargers games Ive seen have been patriotic without having been bought. Both times they had troops down on the field, they thanked wounded warriors, and they even had the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band come out and perform at halftime. All that to say, Im glad there are still some owners who have a moral compass and don't need to be bought into being decent people.


05-27-2015, 12:38 PM
May need to merge with this thread teams take money for patriotic displays (http://forums.denverbroncos.com/showthread.php?236583-14-teams-take-money-for-patriotic-displays)