MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings are one of 14 NFL teams being paid by the U.S. Department of Defense for patriotic displays at games, according to a report released Monday by NJ.com.
The Vikings received a total of $605,000 over three seasons from 2011 to 2013, according to the report. The U.S. Department of Defense has paid about $5.4 million to 14 NFL teams over the last four years for those patriotic displays.
The Green Bay Packers were also paid $600,000 over three seasons. Other teams involved in the project include the Jets, Falcons, Ravens, Bills, Bengals, Browns, Colts, Chiefs. Steelers, Cowboys, Dolphins and Rams. According to the report, the Falcons received the largest payment, which was a little more than $1 million.
The National Guard has asserted that the project is a useful recruiting tool.