2011 – K.S. “BUD” ADAMS JR
Former Tennessee Titans owner, K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr., was named the inaugural winner of the award. Adams, a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve who served during World War II, was a longstanding advocate of servicemen and women, hosting more than 12,000 troops at Titans games.

Two-time Pro Bowl player Charles Tillman, whose father served 20 years in the Army, provides critically ill children of military families access to computers, DVD/MP3 players, and other electronics at Fort Hood and conducts youth football camps on military bases.

Super Bowl-winning coach John Harbaugh has participated in an NFL-USO coaches’ tour of the Middle East visiting numerous military bases, has instituted Military Appreciation Day at Ravens training camp, and invites Wounded Warriors as his guests to every home game.

Five-time Pro Bowler Jared Allen makes homes accessible for veterans who return from war with debilitating injuries by building, purchasing, or remodeling homes to fit the lifestyle a disable soldier faces. Since the organization’s inception in 2009, $3.5 million has been raised with the goal of donating 10 homes per year.