Their tour may have ended, but the great pics keep coming! Check out these amazing images with NFL stars Drew Brees, Billy Miller, and Donnie Edwards. And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the post for a video from DVIDS!
As their latest tour ended, NFL stars Drew Brees, Billy Miller, and Donnie Edwards took some time to reflect on the experience. Enjoy their words and their pictures, too!
Drew Brees: “It has been a big year for the Saints. We played hard all season and along the way fulfilled a lifelong dream. And now it’s time for us to celebrate our victory with troops serving overseas. I look forward to heading out on what will be my fifth USO tour and to focusing on what matters most – those who volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way for us each and every day: our troops.”
Billy Miller: “To me, going out on USO tours and spending time with troops is not about traveling to different countries, or losing out on time with my family during the off season. It is about lifting spirits at various military outposts and gaining time with our men and women in uniform. I just wish everyone had this opportunity.”
Donnie Edwards: “If it weren’t for our Armed Forces, I wouldn’t know what it was like to have the freedom to vote, much less play football professionally. We, as Americans, owe them our respect and our time. And one of the many ways I honor them is by working with the USO and going out on tours to convey my appreciation.”
It was a great USO Tour for San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams, and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. Check out their last set of pics!
You don’t have to live Stateside to enjoy a proper Super Bowl party with the USO!
USO Grafenwoehr started off SuperBowl Sunday with an Xbox 360 Madden 10 Football Tournament. The winners got a camo water pack, a Germany stein and a computer game for first, second and third place.
Troops got to watch the Super Bowl on four TVs, two of which were connected to the NFL Game Pass so they were able to enjoy the American commercials.
The center received donations of finger foods and snacks galore, t-shirts and had a drawing for a football jersey of the winners’ choice. Brandon Bucknor from Vilseck was the big winner.
The75 soldiers had a great time “at the game,” showing that all it took was a few touches of home from the USO to make it seem like they were all in Miami!
Here are some pics from the party:
Just in case you weren’t one of the more than 100 million viewers that tuned into CBS to watch Super Bowl XLIV…USO tour veteran and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees helped lead his team to a 31:17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday in Miami!
Brees was recently named “FedEx Air Player of the Year” (for the second year in a row) AND he was named MVP! Can you tell we’re proud?
While basking in his team’s first Super Bowl win, Brees is also preparing to deploy on his fifth USO tour. Two grandparents fought in World War II, spurring Brees to being touring with the USO in 2007. His passion and dedication have touched the lives of thousands of troops and military families over the years.
Along the way Brees has racked up the frequent flier miles while visiting six countries: from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. His USO experience memorably includes being a part of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen’s first USO tour in July 2008 (other special guests included NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora).
On behalf of the USO and the troops stationed around the world, congratulations to Drew Brees – his teammates Donnie Edwards and Billy Miller who are also going on the tour – and the New Orleans Saints for winning football’s most coveted trophy. May you enjoy this moment and have continued success both between and beyond the goal posts!