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Kirk Cousins sending military veteran to Super Bowl LIII

Kirk Cousins may not have led the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl in his first season with the team, but the quarterback is sending a military veteran to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Ga., in appreciation for his service.

Cousins announced Tuesday via Twitter that through a partnership between the NFL and the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) and the Wounded Warrior Project, Staff Sergeant Tony Craidon and a guest will attend the big game on Sunday.

Craidon served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer from 1999-2011, receiving the Distinguished Leadership Award during his time of service. Now living in Minnesota with his wife, Katrian — whom he is taking to the Super Bowl — and three children, Craidon now counts himself as a Vikings fan.

“I am fully aware of the fact that our freedom in this country is not truly free and will be forever grateful for individuals like Staff Sergeant Tony Craidon who have made significant sacrifices,” Cousins said in a release, via the Pioneer Press. “It’s truly an honor to be able to show my appreciation and support by sending this hero to the Super Bowl with the help of USAA and the Wounded Warrior Project.”

Cousins will be in Atlanta on Friday and is expected to meet with the Craidon at USAA’s Salute to Service Lounge on Friday. The lounge is only open to current military members, veterans and their families. Several NFL players, coaches and legends are expected to attend.