Prior to Sunday’s NFL kickoffs, FOX announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman paid tribute to America’s military men and women.
During the pregame show, Aikman, Buck, and reporter Erin Andrews joined the WWE for this year’s “Tribute to the Troops.” Since 2003, the wrestling organization has held the annual event each December. Additionally, for the past 17 years, the WWE has honored and entertained United States Armed Forces members.
“It’s an honor to join the WWE universe for this year’s ‘Tribute to the Troops‘ and show our appreciation for all the amazing men and women serving in our Armed Forces,” Aikman said.
“We just simply can’t say thank you enough for all that you do and all that you sacrifice to protect that which we hold dear,” Buck added.
“This is our way to say thank you. Please, all of you stay safe. Please stay healthy, we are thinking about you. And like I said, we can’t tell you how grateful we are,” Andrews concluded.
Aikman and Buck Previously Criticized For Mocking Military Flyovers
Back in October, the sports announcing duo got into some hot water. The pair seemingly mocked military flyovers during NFL pregame ceremonies.
Aikman and Buck both caught a lot of criticism for their leaked comments, and social media had a field day with the two NFL analysts. However, Aikman said he was in no way disparaging the armed forces, and fully supports American troops.
“I love a flyover, but it was odd to see one over a mostly empty stadium,” Aikman tried to explain. “But I am an unwavering patriot that loves this country, has always respected our flag, supported the men and women in the armed forces as well as those in uniform who serve & protect and for anyone to suggest otherwise doesn’t know me, my beliefs or what I have stood for my entire life.”
Likewise, Buck shared a similar stance on the matter. He says the longtime commentators referenced a conversation from dinner the night before the game with their crew. Buck explained that the analysts mocked their crew and their previous conversation, not the military.
“Again, repeating parts of conversations to our crew. They clipped that and then run a headline that Troy Aikman and Joe Buck bash flyovers. Which it had nothing to do with any of that,” Buck said emphatically. “And it stirs people up. And words get weaponized. Then people have to weigh in. ‘Oh, well, screw those guys. They don’t like the military.’ What?!”