HOUSTON – Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was announced as the team’s nominee for the “Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.”

The award, presented annually by USAA and the NFL, honors a league member who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.

USAA is the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL.

Finalists for the award are announced in January. The recipient will be recognized at the 6th Annual NFL Honors awards show in Houston on Feb. 4, the night before the Super Bowl.

Cushing was nominated by the Texans because of his first-hand knowledge of the best ways to support the military.

Cushing developed a passion for military appreciation at an early age, from great-great-uncle, Alonzo Cushing, a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient and his father, Frank Cushing, a Vietnam War intelligence officer.

Since its inception, the mission of The Brian Cushing Foundation has been to serve and honor the men and women who protect our country by providing resources and experiences to Houston area veterans and their families.

The goal is to offer assistance to military families with both active and non-active service members to help deal with the challenges they face. To read more about Cushing’s nomination, please visit NFL.com/salute.

Past recipients of the award include Vincent Jackson (2015), Jared Allen (2014), John Harbaugh (2013), Charles Tillman (2012), and the late Tennessee Titans owner, K.S. “Bud” Adams, a WWII veteran (2011).