Former Citadel star Andre Roberts nominated for NFL’s Salute to Service award

Andre Roberts has a special affinity for military personnel and their families

Andre Roberts has a special affinity for military personnel and their families

By Jeff Hartsell
Nov 11 2015

The son of two U.S. Army members, Andre Roberts was born in Alaska and moved to Texas and South Carolina as his mom and dad were transferred from base to base. He even spent a year with his grandparents in the Virgin Islands while his parents served in Korea. And when Roberts starred as an All-American receiver at The Citadel from 2006-09, his connection to the military was cemented.

“It’s awesome,” Roberts said during a news conference Wednesday. “I get a chance to work with military kids and their families and to meet a lot of veterans and their wives, and that’s a blessing for me.”

Roberts, in his sixth season in the NFL, is known for his salute touchdown celebration, and each summer runs summer camps for military children. He’s hosted five military camps, including one at Joint Base Charleston in 2013.

“Since both my parents were in the Army, it was an easy avenue for me to get into, especially coming from The Citadel,” he said. “Being part of the military family, I understand what some of these kids have to go through, with moving and missing parents and stuff. I just want to be there to brighten their day, or if they want to talk to me about any of their situations.”

Roberts was among the players, coaches, personnel and alumni nominated by NFL teams who “demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.” Finalists for the Salute to Service Award, presented by, USAA will be announced in January, and the winner will be recognized at the fifth annual NFL Honors awards show in San Francisco on CBS on Feb. 6, the night before Super Bowl 50.


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