Bret Michaels saluted military veterans and active service members on Monday (Nov. 8) during a Monday Night Football game between the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears.
The Poison singer, a Pennsylvania native and longtime Steelers fan, has family ties with the military.
Leading a rally towel twirl with Steelers alum and Vietnam War vet Rocky Bleier, Michaels was a highlight of the “Steelers Salute to Service” commemoration at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game 29-27, so it looks like those Terrible Towels came in handy.
Down toward the bottom of this post, see a set of photos from Michaels’ military salute after some videos marking the occasion.
“It’s good to be back here in Steeler Country,” the Poison singer told Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV News from the sidelines. “My father’s a veteran, and everyone in my family has served — my sister’s at Offutt Air Force Base [in Nebraska]. All my relatives [are] here, and I can’t thank our men and women [enough] for all they do.”
Acknowledging more of his family’s veterans, the rocker added, “Cousin Bobby, two-time Purple Heart recipient. My uncle Nick from Butler [Pennsylvania] sacrificed his life in the line of duty for our country. And I can’t thank our veterans enough. There are not enough thanks for our men and women that give us the freedom to be out here, to be able to watch amazing football.”