View photos and read about the 46 fallen heroes being honored by the Panthers.
CHARLOTTE – To honor the memory of those who died in service to our country, Carolina Panthers players are wearing a decal with the initials of a fallen service member on their helmets when they face the Green Bay Packers.
During the game, the service members are being honored in a video tribute, and their loved ones will be welcomed onto the field between the first and second quarters to receive a replica helmet with the decal, signed by their player.
Said head coach Ron Rivera: "My father served 32 years in the U.S. Army, and the Armed Forces are very close to my heart. Our service men and women exemplify commitment, integrity, selflessness and spirit. Our team is proud to recognize all who serve and their families, whose support makes service possible, and to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country."
Said quarterback Cam Newton: "The things we take for granted, the little things that are part of everyday life: freedom, freedom of speech, living the life I live. I've been able to see different ways of life, from being a guy that messed up and had a second chance to someone who was able to achieve his dream of playing football, none of it would be possible without the people that we will be representing on Sunday. It does not stop there, we should try and take a moment when we see them in everyday life and salute the troops for making the ultimate sacrifice, for giving us the opportunity to do what we love. Of course we can't say thank you enough but we mean it from the bottom of our hearts."
The photo gallery above features images of all 46 helmets and the special decals. It also features each hero's bio, which the players read to learn about the individual they are honoring.
The video below features Tabitha Bonilla, the daughter of one of the fallen soldiers being honored at Sunday's game.