By Eric Brandner

SAN FRANCISCO–The NFL, USAA and the USO joined to present a NFL Salute to Service Military Appreciation Breakfast for service members and their families the day before the Super Bowl.

The event – held Saturday at the USAA Military Lounge inside the NFL Experience at San Francisco’s Moscone Center – featured appearances by Oakland Raiders players Jon Condo and Lee Smith, current San Francisco 49ers player Quinton Dial and former 49er Larry Grant. The four players signed autographs, posed for photos and thanked service members for their commitment.

“It’s an honor to live in such a great country where you guys go out there and sacrifice your lives to give us the freedom to do what we do,” Condo told the service members in attendance.

USO President and CEO Dr. J.D. Crouch II also addressed the crowd, thanking service members as well as praising the NFL and USAA for their commitment to supporting America’s armed forces.

You can send a message of support and thanks directly to service members via the USO’s Campaign to Connect. Your messages will appear on screens at USO locations around the world.