NFL Reaches Agreement with Plummer

The NFL and Jake Plummer reach an agreement where both parties can continue honoring Pat Tillman throughout the 2004 season.

According to NFL sources, it appears an agreement has been reached on its policy regarding players, outside of the Arizona Cardinals, looking to honor Pat Tillman by continuing to wear the number forty decal on their helmets.

This is particularly good news for Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, who had worn the decal over the past few games, despite warnings from the league that his defiance would result in substantial fines.

The controversy, which has been widely reported over the past two weeks, prompted Arizona Senator John McCain to issue a statement to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, criticizing the league's uniform policy. His actions were also backed up by Colorado Senator Wayne Allard.

"I find it disheartening that the National Football League will penalize a player for honoring a fallen soldier, friend and American hero," Allard said in his letter to the commissioner.

In an attempt to resolve the negative press the league has been receiving, an agreement has been worked out with both Plummer and the Broncos.

The NFL has donated $250,000 to be used in building the first USO facility in Afghanistan, which will be named after Tillman.

The Broncos have chosen to honor Tillman with a large number forty decal to be placed near the play clock on the north end of Invesco Field. The team will also feature ads on the scoreboard during the game, promoting the Pat Tillman Foundation.

The agreement reached with Plummer will feature the former Arizona Cardinal in a series of public service announcements honoring military personnel serving around the world.

"The idea of Jake doing a public service announcement relating to our service men and women arose during these discussions and we look forward to working with him on it and showing Jake's message in all our stadiums beginning on the weekend (November 14-15) after Veterans Day," the league said in an official announcement.

"For the record, Jake Plummer has not been fined for his actions on this issue and we have no intention of doing so. Rather, we look forward to working together with him."

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