Brees, Miller, and Edwards Wrap Up a Fantastic USO Tour

New Orleans Saints quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees perpares to go long, March 28, 2010. Here the Super Bowl champion engages in a friendly competition, "Great Quarterback Shootout," with Sailors and Marines of the USS Nassau. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

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.”

Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees (center), NFL veteran Donnie Edwards (left of Brees) and Saints tight end Billy Miller (right of Brees) poses with members of the 39th Security Squadron at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, March 24, 2010. (USO photo by Michael Clifton.)

New Orleans Saints quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees signs this fans Indianapolis Colts blanket, March 28, 2010. Hundreds of Sailors and Marines, of the USS Nassau, came out to visit the Super Bowl champion. Brees is joined by teammate Billy Miller and NFL player Donnie Edwards, the trio will visit troops in Africa, Turkey and the Persian Gulf. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

NFL and USO tour veteran Donnie Edwards signs an autorgraph for Marines and Sailors of the USS Nassau, March 28, 2010. Edwards is joined by fellow NFL players Drew Brees and Billy Miller, this marks the third USO tour for the trio, who will visit troops in Africa, Turkey and the Persian Gulf. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

Sailors and Marines of the USS Nassau lined up to meet NFL players Drew Brees, Billy Miller and Donnie Edwards, March 28, 2010. Hundreds of troops lined-up for an opportunity to meet and get autographs from the NFL trio, who are participating in their third USO tour together. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

(L to R) NFL's Billy Miller, Drew Brees and Donnie Edwards pose for photos with members of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Four stationed in Dubaii on March 27, 2010. This is the trio's third USO tour. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Donnie Edwards (R) signs an autograph for U.S. Navy Gunners Mate Second Class Marvin Leon Ford, Jr. while in Dubaii on March 27, 2010. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

Football's "Most Valueable Player" Drew Brees (R) poses for a photo with PS2 Lisa Dadurn of Pensacola, FL during a USO visit to Dubaii on March 27, 2010. While taking the picture, Brees holds up "Flat Stanley", a project of Dadura's second grade neice in Ft. Worth, TX. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

Super Bowl Champs Drew Brees and Billy Miller Touchdown in Turkey with NFL’s Donnie Edwards and the USO

(L-R) Billy Miller, Drew Brees and Donnie Edwards pose in front of a U. S. Air Force C-17 aircraft with members of the 38th Aerial Expeditionary Group at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, March 24, 2010. On a mission to boost morale and bring a touch of home to troops the trio recently took part in their third USO tour together. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

(L-R) Billy Miller, Donnie Edwards and Drew Brees pose in the cockpit of a U. S. Air Force C-17 aircraft with U. S. Air Force Captain Stacey Miller of Chicago, IL. at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, March 24, 2010. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

NFL players (l-r) Donnie Edwards, Billy Miller and Drew Brees pose for a photo with U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Abigail Davis, from Tallahasse, FL at the NATO Allied Air Command in Izmir, Turkey, March 25, 2010. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

NFL veteran Donnie Edwards makes a new friend while visting an orphanage in Izmir, Turkey, March 25, 2010. Edwards is joined by New Orleans Saints players Drew Brees and Billy Miller. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

NFL players (l-r) Donnie Edwards, Billy Miller and Drew Brees sign autographs for U. S. military personell and their families at the NATO Allied Air Command in Izmir, Turkey, March 25, 2010. Donnie Edwards is shown here with U. S. Air Force Major Stanton P. Schnieder, from Colorado Springs, CO. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees (center), NFL veteran Donnie Edwards (left of Brees) and Saints tight end Billy Miller (right of Brees) poses with members of the 39th Security Squadron at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, March 24, 2010. (USO photo by Michael Clifton)

The Stars of “Heroes” and “One Tree Hill” Tour Europe

Milo Ventimiglia, Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols on tour with the USO

On the eve of his second tour, “Heroes” actor Milo Ventimiglia discussed the unique nature of traveling for the USO: “There is nothing that can prepare you for how you feel after participating in a USO tour. It changes you, you’re more aware of the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and more grateful for their service.”

Joining Ventimiglia on their first USO tour, “One Tree Hill” actors Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols echoed those sentiments.  “Being there visiting the troops and their families has been an incredible experience,” said Bush. “It is an honor to lend our support and extend our thanks to these exceptional men and women.”