NFL All-stars from Great Lakes Region Show Support for U.S. Troops by Wearing Bands For Freedom
February 20, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports NewsOREM, Utah – Twenty NFL all-star football players, including several from the Great Lakes area, showcased their support for members of the U.S. military by sporting red, white and blue silicone wristbands from the Bands For Freedom Foundation during the 2005 Pro Bowl and Pro Bowl festivities held last week in Honolulu.
These present and past National Football League all-stars have been added to the Bands For Freedom “Heroes Page” – (www.bandsforfreedom.com/en/heroes.php#) – an online list of celebrity supporters of the U.S. troops via the Bands For Freedom Foundation and the Armed Forces Relief Trust fund (AFRT).
Recent additions to the NFL players highlighted on the “Heroes Page” showcasing their support for U.S. troops by wearing red, white and blue Bands For Freedom silicone wristbands include
· Daunte Culpepper, quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings who lead the league in 2004 in passing yards with (4,717) and 39 touchdowns (best in the National Football Conference):
· Ahman Green, the Green Bay Packers’ top-rated running back who, since coming to Green Bay in 2000, leads all NFL players in yards from scrimmage (7,598) and rushing yards (5,685);
· Warren Moon, 18-year veteran quarterback for both the Vikings and Houston Oilers who made nine Pro Bowl appearances; and
· Ted Hendricks, eight-time Pro Bowl participant and Hall of Fame defensive end.
“We are grateful to have so many NFL heroes supporting this cause,” said Steve Cloward, president and chief executive officer of Bands For Freedom. “But, anyone can do this, which is what we think is so great about these wristbands. You don’t have to be a millionaire or a sports hero. You just have to recognize the great service being done by the troops and then support them by wearing the Bands For Freedom wristbands.”
Other NFL superstars who have now shown their support for the members of the U.S. military in their worldwide fight for freedom against terrorism by wearing Bands For Freedom silicone wristbands include
· Sam Adams, the Buffalo Bills’ 335-pound nose tackle; and
· Steve Atwater, retired Pro Bowl safety for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets;
· Mitch Berger, New Orleans Saints’ veteran punter;
· Kris Brown, current place-kicker for the Houston Texans;
· Mike Golic, nine-year veteran defensive tackle, current ESPN commentator and co-host of ESPN radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning;”
· Tony Gonzalez, the Kansas City Chiefs’ all-star tight end and five-time Pro Bowl attendee, who racked up more than 100 catches this season alone;
· Michael Irvin, all-star wide-out for the Dallas Cowboys and current ESPN analyst;
· Mushin Muhammad, Carolina Panthers’ most widely utilized receiver;
· Terrell Owens, all-everything wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles;
· Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens’ safety and 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year;
· Ike Reese, a first-time Pro Bowl selection and valued linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles;
· Lito Sheppard, up-and-coming cornerback for the Eagles;
· Tra Thomas, the Eagles’ three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman; and
· Jeremiah Trotter, Philadelphia’s physical and explosive middle linebacker.
The wristbands come in both youth and adult sizes and can be purchased at www.bandsforfreedom.com. Bands For Freedom wristbands are similar to those made popular by the Lance Armstrong Wear Yellow Live Strong Foundation. The new Bands For Freedom wristbands were created to bolster support for the war on terror and U.S. troops who sacrifice for freedom. For more information about Bands For Freedom, please visit the Web site or call (866) 217-5595.
About Bands For Freedom Foundation Incorporated
Created in 2004, Bands For Freedom follows the lead of its predecessor, Freedombands, Inc., and has become an enormously popular supplier of patriotic silicone wristbands that come in red, white, blue and desert camouflage, as well as a marbled band with combinations of all three patriotic colors. The wristbands are marked with the word “FREEDOM” and are designed to aid Americans in making a respectful and unified statement in honor of the men and women of the armed forces. Bands For Freedom donates all after-cost proceeds to the Armed Forces Relief Trust fund.
Through Fan Bandz (a for-profit sister company to Bands For Freedom), interested parties can order customized silicone wristbands that can be used to build team unity, promote a cause and/or used for charitable ad fundraising purposes. Current Fan Bandz customers range from high schools, little league sports teams, non-profit charities, corporations and rock and roll bands. For more information on Fan Bandz, visit the company Web site (www.fanbandz.com) or call (866) 217-5595.
About The Armed Forces Relief Trust
The Armed Forces Relief Trust (www.afrtrust.org) is a unique non-profit fund created to collect donations for U.S. troops and their families. The AFRT raises money to support the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and their families and, unlike many other charitable organizations, distributes 100 percent of the money it raises among the five divisions of the U.S. military.
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Matt Clayton, Politis Communications, 801-523-3730(wk), firstname.lastname@example.org