Exclusive Video from “Salute the Troops” Bowl!

Check out highlights from the first-ever “Salute the Troops” Bowl in Iraq and be sure to watch the half-time show during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for full coverage!

Interested in more video?  Click here.

Interested in more information on this event?  Contact Chris Kuechenmeister, Frito-Lay, CELL (214) 422-8901, Chris.Kuechenmeister@fritolay.com or Oname Thompson, USO, (703) 908-6471, othompson@uso.org

“Salute the Troops” Bowl…in Iraq!

Soldiers hit the gridiron alongside some of football’s all-time greats in the first ever Tostitos/USO ‘Salute the Troops” Bowl, which took place in Iraq in January 1.  Bruce Smith, Brian Bosworth, Joe Washington, Rocket Ismael, Tee Martin, and Ty Detmer were just a few of the players to suit up as “Team Freedom” (coached by Barry Switzer) against the Troops’ “Team Liberty” (coached by Tommy Bowden).

It was a tough game and a real nail-biter, with the winner being…  Oh, you didn’t think we were going to tell you that, did you?  You’re just going to have to check out the highlights of this first-of-its-kind game during half-time of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Jan 4, on FOX.  Check out some pics below and look for more on Monday!

(l-r) Former notable college football players and coaches Bruce Smith, Barry Switzer, Brian Bosworth, Rocket Ismail, Joe Washington, and Tommy Bowden sign autographs for soldiers at Camp Ali Al Salem in Kuwait December 29, 2009. They were visiting troops prior to the first-ever Tostitos "Salute the Troops" Bowl where soldiers played alongside the football greats on January 1, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Legendary football coaches Tommy Bowden (l) and Barry Switzer (r) give each other a hard time during a pep rally in Baghdad, Iraq December 31, 2009. Bowden and Switzer are coaching the opposing teams in the bowl game. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

College football great Brian Bosworth (3rd l) high-fives his military teammates during a pep rally in Baghdad, Iraq December 31, 2009. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Football legend Brian Bosworth (2nd l) stretches out with troops as a Humvee passes by in Baghdad, Iraq December 31, 2009. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Legendary college football quarterback Ty Detmer (14), playing for Team Freedom, passes under pressure from Team Liberty defender Sgt Eric Trubee of Marshfield, WI, during the first-ever Tostitos/USO “Salute the Troops” Bowl, where legendary college football players played alongside troops in Baghdad, Iraq, January 1, 2010. Also in the photo is football great Tony Casillas (92). (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Team Liberty huddles as troops watch in front of MRAP's during the first-ever Tostitos "Salute the Troops" Bowl where legendary college football players played alongside troops in Baghdad, Iraq January 1, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Barry Rohrsson Talks Basketball and the USO

Barry Rohrssen on USO Tour

Barry Rohrssen traveled to the Persian Gulf Region for nine days in June 2009 as part of Operation Hoop Talk.

SNY.tv reporter Brian Price recently interviewed Manhattan College Jaspers basketball Coach Barry Rohrsson.  Rohrsson has has twice toured for the USO with Operations Hardwood and Hoop Talk, celebrity entertainment tours that brings top NCAA Coaches to Troops stationed in Southwest Asia.

The coach shared this with Price: “There are so many outstanding people in our army that are dedicated and committed. I really tried to encourage that kind of dedication to the team.”  Click here to read the full interview!