NFL alum Jarret Johnson is one of several former players who has been nominated for the league’s Salute to Service annual award that will be presented during Super Bowl week in Los Angeles this February.

Johnson, the retired linebacker who played 12 years (2003-14) with the Ravens and Chargers, was put forward for the award by the Ravens front office that drafted him in the fourth round out of Alabama in 2003.

Johnson was nominated for the award for his support and sponsorship of several military-related organizations.  For example, he partnered several years ago with a service-disabled Air Force veteran  to start a Black Rifle Coffee franchise in Niceville, Florida.  The franchise employs more than 40 military veterans, active duty servicemen and women, veterans’ spouses and children of military veterans.

Johnson, 40, also is an annual sponsor of  SOF Missions, a non-profit organization that provides care to veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury with the goal of ending veteran suicide.  He also regularly provides leadership development and positive motivation to the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group through speaking engagements, basic range shooting events, fishing trips and veteran family cookouts.

“It’s good to be around service members and see the correlation of them relying on their teammates and working together in everything they do,” Johnson says.  “Like football, the only way you’re going to achieve your personal goals in the military is on the backs of your teammates.  You have to do it as a group both in the military and in football.”

We at NFL Alumni salute Jarret Johnson and other alumni who support the military members  defending our country, our freedom, and allowing us as civilians to enjoy our great sport of football.