More Than a Game: Why One Veteran Has a Very Special Reason to Cheer During Super Bowl LIV
As America prepares for food, fun, and football this Super Bowl weekend, an athlete shares his appreciation for those who serve in our nation’s military.
The NFL has teamed up with the Bob Woodruff Foundation to help expand their Salute To Service Initiative. The Bob Woodruff Foundation finds, funds, and shapes best-in-class programs across the nation supporting post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families. Through our partnership with the NFL, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested in programs that foster physical health and wellness, create healthy habits, and increase social connectedness for those who have served in the military, their families and caregivers.
Although millions will be watching Patrick Mahomes lead the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers at this year’s Super Bowl LIV, one fan will be cheering a little louder for his favorite quarterback.
US Army veteran Scott Buis served his country proudly but faced some difficult challenges upon returning home after his service in Iraq. While struggling with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Buis continued rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs, a constant source of positivity for him since he was a teenager.
“When I was deployed to Iraq, the National Football League, for me, was hope,” Buis said. “It’s been part of my life since high school.”
Recently, Buis got the surprise of a lifetime as part of the NFL’s Salute To Service Initiative. His favorite player, Chief’s Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, sent him a handwritten letter.
“Without your service, there would be no football, no NFL, and of course, no gamedays,” Mahomes said in the letter. “And for that reason, I say thank you.”
This special moment was made possible thanks to our NFL-BWF partnership and NFL-BWF grantee Team Red, White and Blue. We’re looking forward to Super Bowl LIV and beyond as we grow our partnership with the NFL, helping more veterans and military families thrive in the next chapter of their lives.