Top 10 Most Patriotic Current NFL Players
The National Football League has been honoring our great nation since its inception in 1920. Players throughout the league have served in the armed forces as well as done work to support our military as well as serving our country at home. The NFL has supported various organizations which help support our military and our country as a whole. Organizations such as the USO, Pat Tillman Foundation, and the Wounded Warrior Project have all been funded. The NFL has raised more than 26 million dollars since 2011 in its “Salute to Service” Program thanks to great patriotism from its players as well as the fans. Patriotism is a strong force that runs throughout the NFL and has touched the lives of fans and players everywhere. Here are some of the most patriotic players that have shown their passion and love for our great country:
10. Carson Wentz (Quarterback-Philadelphia Eagles)
Wentz is a star quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and is also a proud American. Wentz’s foundation, A01, helps citizens throughout the United States and displays it support for American values. A01 also donates to many military organizations to help our veterans. Through tradition values, Wentz has influenced the lives of many Americans and has displayed his values on social media. On July 4th, Wentz posted a photo on his Instagram page quoting, “Freedom is the light for which many men have died in darkness” His nationalism is felt throughout Philadelphia and the rest of the league.
9. Doug Baldwin (Wide Receiver-Seattle Seahawks)
Baldwin is a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks and is the first of three players on this list largely involved with the NFL’s “Salute to Service” Program. Baldwin’s grandfather served in the military and taught his grandson the value of sacrificing yourself for your country. Baldwin quotes, “He realized the importance of giving himself to others. He embodied that in so many different ways and he taught that as his grandson” Baldwin continues to serve his community by helping veterans as well as lower class citizens to make the country better as a whole.
8. Julian Edelman (Wide Receiver-New England Patriots)
A patriot on the field and a patriot in his community, Julian Edelman is one of league most passionate patriotic players. Edelman has expressed his love for country and the American dream on numerous occasions in his social media. Last July 4th, Edelman posted, “America was bulit on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” Coincidentally, Edelman has played his entire professional career for the New England Patriots and has been at the focus of the franchise’s military charities as well as community outreach. Edelman protects true American values and embodies what a true patriot should be.
7. Johnny Hekker (Punter-Los Angeles Rams)
Hekker is a punter for the Los Angeles Rams. Hekker may not be as well-known as the other players on this list, but his love for his country is known throughout the NFL. Hekker is a major contributor to the USO organization and takes much time to talk and help current military members as well as veterans. Many other NFL players have witnessed his pride to be an American citizen and have supported his cause to help current and former members of our armed forces. Hekker recently helped citizens of Ventura County in California to support damages to homes due to wildfires and has had a big impact on that community. Hekker’s drive to help others has bonded many communities and shows his passion to serve America.
6. Delanie Walker (Tight End-Tennessee Titans)
Walker is a tight end for the Tennessee Titans. Walker is another major contributor to the NFL’s “Salute to Service” program as well as an ambassador to the USO. Last summer, Delanie took a trip to a military base in Afghanistan in partnership with the USO to give gifts and to meet members of our military stationed there. Walker describes the experience, “I was looking up to them because they protect the country. They give their body, soul, and mind to protect us, to make sure that we’ll be able to play this game. They are the truest heroes I’ve ever seen”. Walker’s community work has earned him nomination for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award and has made him one of the league’s most passionate about helping the country.
5. Keenan Reynolds (Wide Receiver-Seattle Seahawks)
Reynolds is a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. Reynolds attended the United States Naval Academy from 2012 to 2016. Reynolds learned the American values of the military and is highly respected by his teammates as well as everyone in the NFL. Reynolds is planning to serve in the Navy following his career and has supported many charities aiding the naval services overseas. Reynolds has expressed his patriotism and his passion to helping the citizens of this great nation on numerous occasions and his coaches believe that his passion for the country and his people have allowed him to become a leader on his teams, despite not being the best football player. Reynolds exemplifies the meaning of a true military man and understands that country must always be the number one priority.
4. Joe Cardona (Long Snapper-New England Patriots)
Joe Cardona is a long snapper for the New England Patriots. Like Keenan Reynolds, Cardona attended the United States Naval Academy from 2011 to 2015. He is currently serving in the United States Naval Reserves as well as his profession with the Patriots. Cardona served at a Naval Base in Newport, Rhode Island in 2016 and is highly respected for his military service. Cardona is extremely passionate about our country and is very proud of his service to the country. His passion and pride for his country is felt throughout the league. Cardona’s coach, Bill Belichick allowed Cardona and two other members of the US Navy reserves to perform a reenlistment ceremony at a Patriots practice last offseason. Cardona furthered, “To have the backing of an organization as well as the players coming on their own, it really meant a lot to me and I felt it showed the pride we have for our country”
3. Chris Long (Defensive End-Philadelphia Eagles)
Chris Long is a long-time NFL veteran and is an avid patriot in our community. Long has had a great impact in the community as his foundation, the Chris Long Foundation supports poor communities with clean water as well as military support. The Foundation has worked together with the NFL’s “Salute to Service” program to provide veterans with financial support as well as meaningful experiences that have greatly helped veterans along with many communities. Long’s work has been appreciated throughout the NFL and his support of American communities has shown his patriotism.
2. JJ Watt (Defensive End-Houston Texans)
Watt is one of the best football players in the world and is one of the most passionate Americans we have every seen. Watt’s outreach to the Houston community has been outstanding and earned him the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year. Watt raised millions in Hurricane Harvey relief funds to help his community recover from the devastating hurricane. Watt himself donated over one hundred thousand dollars to the cause. Watt’s pride to be an American as well as helping others in need has shown throughout his career. Following the hurricane, Watt walked out with an American flag in hand to represent the heart and soul of America will push the Houston community through this natural disaster. His belief in the American way is unrivaled throughout the league and is considered to be one of the most patriotic athletes in the world.
1. Alejandro Villanueva (Offensive Tackle-Pittsburgh Steelers)
At the top of this list is a soldier, a patriot, and a proud American in Alejandro Villanueva. Villanueva attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York from 2006 to 2010. Villanueva served in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in New York and was then stationed in Afghanistan for 12 months. During his first time to Afghanistan, Villanueva earned a Bronze Star Medal for aiding wounded soldiers while coming under enemy fire. He returned to Afghanistan in 2013 serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Orientation Program for eight months. After finishing his military service, Villanueva joined the Pittsburgh Steelers and has become one of the most respected players in the league. Villanueva’s passion to serve as well as his pride for America have pushed him to the peak of this list. Villanueva’s respect for the American flag as well as the national anthem have been commended by many organizations and have made him well-known as an American hero. The people of the USA appreciate Villanueva’s service and he is widely respected throughout the country.