INDIANAPOLIS --- The NFL's month long Salute to Service continues, and with Veterans Day being Tuesday, it is the perfect time to recognize and thank Indianapolis Colts LB Josh McNary for his service in the Army.
After graduating and before joining the Colts, McNary served from May 2011 until spring 2013 at Fort Hood in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. McNary was part of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment Fires Squadron.
McNary was just the latest in a long line of family members to serve in the Armed Forces. His father, George, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of captain. His paternal grandfather, also named George McNary, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. His maternal grandfather, Aaron Figgs, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. His uncle, Ron McNary, currently holds the rank of first sergeant while serving in the U.S. Army. We also thank them for their service.
Before serving, Josh McNary graduated from Army as its all-time leader in sacks and tackles for loss. He is the only player in school history to record two double-digit sack seasons. He also holds school records for both sacks in a game (4.0) and sacks in a single season (12.5).
McNary was also honored with the 2011 East-West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award, given to the player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship, and service.
"That really means a lot to me because those are the values that I grew up to really value and really hold dear," McNary told the Fort Hood Herald in January. "People are successful at football every year, but it's not everyday that you can be named in the same breath as an American hero like Pat Tillman."
On this Veterans Day, the Colts are privileged to have a player like McNary on their roster.
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