Jacksonville, Fla. –This holiday season, the Jacksonville Jaguars are partnering with NFL teams across the country and Fanatics to host an exclusive Salute to Service 14-day online holiday auction that will include autographed memorabilia from top NFL players and coaches. All proceeds from the auction will benefit military members and their families through America's Career Force and the USO.
Exclusive items up for bid are autographed jerseys, helmets and footballs. The jerseys include Jaguars Jalen Ramsey and Paul Posluszny, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals, Amari Cooper of the Oakland Raiders, and a Salute to Service jersey signed by Tyrod Taylor of the Buffalo Bills.
Among the signed footballs are an autographed Salute to Service football from Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, Von Miller of the Denver Broncos, Sean Lee of the Dallas Cowboys, Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers, Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redksins.
Some of the helmets are signed by Eli Manning of the New York Giants, Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, and Head Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers. More items will be added before the auction kicks off just after Thanksgiving.
"The NFL and the Jaguars have a worldwide fandom that includes all of our U.S. military and their families stationed overseas," said Leigh Searl, founder and president of America's Career Force. "The funds raised through this auction will go a long way in supporting our mission to connect military spouses around the world with career opportunities, providing long-term financial stability to their families. We're thrilled to partner with the Jaguars and Fanatics on this new initiative."
The Jaguars have been huge supporters of our military community in the Jacksonville area, along with our local centers," said Michael Hoar, vice president corporate alliances, USO. "As part of our long-standing 51-year partnership with the NFL, USO is proud to work with the Jaguars on this initiative. These funds will continue to support our overall mission of strengthening our service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country."
The Salute to Service online Holiday auction begins today Nov. 28, and will run for 14 days, ending at midnight on Monday, Dec. 11. Fanatics will ensure all winning bidders receive their items in time for the Christmas holidays. For more information or to place a bid, visit www.fanaticsauctions.com/jaguarsmilitary.