The NFL will salute 15 recipients of the Medal of Honor, the United States' most prestigious military decoration, during the official coin toss ceremony prior to Super Bowl LII, the league announced Thursday.
World War II veteran Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams will flip the coin prior to the game pitting the Philadelphia Eagles versus the New England Patriots on Feb. 4 (6:30 p.m. ET) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Williams received the Medal of Honor during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
"The NFL is proud to honor our nation's heroes at Super Bowl LII," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "These courageous individuals deserve to be recognized on America's biggest stage. We are grateful for their service to our country and we are pleased to continue the NFL's longstanding tradition of hosting special tributes to service members at the Super Bowl."
The other Medal of Honor recipients participating are: Bennie Adkins, Army, Vietnam; Don Ballard, Navy, Vietnam; Sammy Davis, Army, Vietnam; Roger Donlon, Army, Vietnam; Sal Giunta, Army, Afghanistan; Flo Groberg, Army, Afghanistan; Tom Kelley, Navy, Vietnam; Allan Kellogg, Marines, Vietnam; Gary Littrell, Army, Vietnam;Walter Marm, Army, Vietnam; Robert Patterson, Army, Vietnam; Leroy Petry, Army, Afghanistan; Clint Romesha, Army, Afghanistan; James Taylor, Army, Vietnam.