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Browns FB Andy Janovich named team's Salute to Service Award nominee

Andy Janoich
Posted at 2:15 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 14:15:50-05

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns fullback Andy Janovich was named the team’s nominee for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

The award acknowledges “exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support U.S. service members, veterans and their families.”

Janovich was nominated for the 10th annual award for his proactive measure to honor members of the armed forces.

In 2018 and 2019, Janovich supported Hunting with Soldiers during the league’s “My Cause for Cleats,” an organization focused on getting combat veterans into the outdoors to help heal PTSD by way of hunting and fishing at no cost to them, according to the NFL.

In 2018, while with the Denver Broncos, Janovich visited military members and their families at Fort Carson Army Base during a Salute to Service Caravan, the league said.

Janovich actively uses social media to support the military, including helping the league raise money for the Salute to Service initiative, according to the league.

Although he’s new to the Browns, Janovich has expressed strong interest in supporting the team’s Salute to Service initiatives this season.

Also nominated this year is former Browns player personnel strategist Brian Decker, who is now the director of player development for the Indianapolis Colts. Decker is a former Green Beret who worked his way up to Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Special Forces. Decker completed two tours of duty in Iraq. He later served as Commander of Special Forces Assessment and Selection, helping with the talent acquisition strategy for future Green Berets. Today, Decker still serves by giving back to veterans like himself, focusing on non-traditional ways to utilize former military members.

Finalists for the award are expected to be announced in January and the winner will be recognized at the primetime award special NFL Honors that will air the week of Super Bowl LV.

In addition to the award, USAA will donate $25,000 in the winner’s name to help support military members in all five branches. The NFL will match the $25,000 contribution and donate it to the winner’s military charity of choice.

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BROWNS 2020 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Aug. 13-17 · At Chicago Bears - CANCELED

WEEK 2 · Aug. 20-24 · At Green Bay Packers - CANCELED

WEEK 3 · Aug. 30 · Minnesota Vikings - CANCELED

WEEK 4 · Sep. 3-4 · Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CANCELED

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · L · Sun 9/13 · Baltimore Ravens - 38, Browns - 6

WEEK 2 · W · Thu 9/17 · Browns 35, Cincinnati Bengals - 30

WEEK 3 · W · Sun 9/27 · Browns - 34, Washington Football Team - 20

WEEK 4 · W · Sun 10/4 · Dallas Cowboys - 38, Browns - 49

WEEK 5 · W · Sun 10/11 · Browns - 32, Indianapolis Colts - 23

WEEK 6 · L · Sun 10/18 · Pittsburgh Steelers - 38, Browns - 7

WEEK 7 · W · Sun 10/25 · Cincinnati Bengals - 34, Browns - 37

WEEK 8 · L · Sun 11/1 · Browns - 6, Las Vegas Raiders - 16

WEEK 9 · BYE

WEEK 10 · W · Sun 11/15 · Browns - 10, Houston Texans - 7

WEEK 11 · W · Sun 11/22 · Browns - 22, Philadelphia Eagles - 17

WEEK 12 · W · Sun 11/29 · Jacksonville Jaguars - 25, Browns - 27

WEEK 13 · W · Sun 12/6 · Tennessee Titans - 35, Browns - 41

WEEK 14 · L · Mon 12/14 · Browns - 42, Baltimore Ravens - 47

WEEK 15 · W · Sun 12/20 · Browns - 20, New York Giants 6

WEEK 16 · L · Sun 12/27 · Browns - 16, New York Jets 23

WEEK 17 · W · Sun 1/3 · Browns 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 22

Post-season

NFL Wild Card Round - W · Sun 1/10, Browns 48, Steelers 37

NFL Divisional Round · Sun, 1/17, 3:05 p.m. at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)