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Wounded Warrior Amputees vs. NFL Alumni in Seventh Annual Pre-Super Bowl Charity Flag Football Game to Benefit Military Veterans

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Humana and Blue Buffalo co-sponsor Jan. 31 "Tribute to Heroes Game of
Honor," To Be Held for the First Time in the Twin Cities

The Wounded
Warrior Amputee Football Team
(WWAFT) and its chief co-sponsors -
leading health and well-being company Humana
Inc
. (NYSE:HUM) and leading natural pet food company Blue
Buffalo
(NASDAQ:BUFF) - are proud to present the WWAFT's seventh
annual pre-Super Bowl flag football game featuring military veteran
amputee athletes and former National Football League (NFL) players. The
game will take place on January 31, 2018 - just prior to the
Minneapolis-hosted Super Bowl LII - at Concordia University in nearby
St. Paul, Minnesota.

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The WWAFT is comprised of military veterans from across the country, all
of whom lost a limb while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. WWAFT's
mission is to highlight the perseverance of America's active and retired
service members, and to raise awareness and support for wounded warriors
and their families. Among the players will be Veteran Marine and former
Concordia University defensive end Hank Goff.

The veterans will play against a roster of notable former college and
professional football players, including NFL alumni such as Rocky
Bleier
(Pittsburgh Steelers); Ron Jaworski (Philadelphia
Eagles); Jerry Kramer (Green Bay Packers); Hall of Famers Charles
Haley
(San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys) and Jack Youngblood
(Los Angeles Rams); and former hometown Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks Rich
Gannon
and Sage Rosenfels.

"This game is a tremendous opportunity to show just what wounded
warriors can do - that the human spirit is powerful as we explore
endless possibilities in our professional and personal lives," said
Veteran Marine and team captain BJ Ganem, who lost a leg below
the knee in Iraq in 2004. "To play against some of the NFL's most iconic
players, whom many of us grew up watching on television, is also
incredible. And we appreciate the support we receive from Americans of
all walks of life who come out to watch us play in support of this
endeavor."

"I'm proud to compete in this incredible game and to support these
talented athletes in a forum that highlights the physical and emotional
strength of our wounded warriors," said former Philadelphia Eagle
quarterback and game participant Ron Jaworski. "The opportunity
to raise awareness about the abilities – and the needs – of our military
veterans is critical, and my teammates and I are grateful for the chance
to be a part of this event during the lead-up to the Super Bowl in the
Twin Cities."

This is the fifth consecutive year that Humana has been a lead sponsor
of the WWAFT pre-Super Bowl game, part of the company's long-standing
commitment to America's military. Humana provides health benefits to six
million U.S. service men and women and dependents as the
managed care support contractor for the TRICARE East Region
; and
through its Veterans
Hiring Initiative
, the company has hired more than 4,000 veterans
and military spouses since 2011.

"We're proud to support these heroes who have sacrificed so much in
serving our nation with honor," said Orie Mullen, President of Humana
Military. "Every member of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team is
a beacon of strength, courage, and inspiration."

Joining Humana as the game's lead co-sponsor is a leading natural pet
food company Blue Buffalo, dedicated to making the healthiest pet food
possible; finding a cure for pet cancer; and supporting America's
military veterans, including raising awareness and funding for service
dogs. These canine companions are invaluable in helping those who served
re-establish productive lives in this country, and are specifically
trained to aid veterans with PTSD or balance issues, and who have lost
limbs or have sight or hearing loss or impairment.

"We are pleased and humbled to be a part of such an inspiring event and
to be able to give back in some small way to those who have given so
much," said David Petrie, President of the Blue Buffalo Foundation. "The
Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team is a remarkable example of human
spirit and positive attitude."

Established in 2012, the WWAFT record in pre-Super Bowl "Tribune to
Heroes Game of Honor" games stands at an unbeaten 6-0. Additional game
sponsors include Blimpie;
Cold
Stone Creamery
; Grunt
Style
; FASTPORT;
Sanford
Health
; and Winkley
Orthotics & Prosthetics
.

About Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team
(WWAFT)

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team's (WWAFT) mission is to raise
awareness and support for our wounded warriors and their families. The
team is made of up service members who have served and are now using a
prosthetic device to engage in everyday life activities. By showcasing
our team on the football field, the WWAFT seeks to inspire our fans and
highlight the perseverance of our service members (both active and
former) who continue to face life's challenges without excuses.

The WWAFT visits various cities across the country and endeavors to play
exhibition games with current and retired professional athletes. Taking
on the best athletes is well within the scope of the WWAFT and
emphasizes the fact that all veterans are able to contribute at home,
ready to excel in the work place and continue to be great patriots and
ambassadors for best country in the world. For more information, please
visit www.wwaft.org.

About Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo, based in Wilton, CT, is the nation's leading natural pet
food company, providing natural foods and treats for dogs and cats under
its BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics, BLUE
Freedom and BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet lines. Paying tribute to its
founding mission, the Company, through the Blue Buffalo Foundation, is a
leading sponsor of pet cancer awareness and of critical research studies
of pet cancer, including causes, treatments and the role of nutrition,
at leading veterinary medical schools and clinics across the United
States. For more information about Blue Buffalo, visit the Company's
website at www.BlueBuffalo.com.

About Humana

Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and
specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in
care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new
kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being
and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for
people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel,
and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care
professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place
for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities,
resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy
services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a
simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more
effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the
Investor Relations page of the company's web site at www.humana.com,
including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
  • Most recent investor conference presentations
  • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls
  • Calendar of events
  • Corporate Governance information

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