ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03: Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
We dedicated a post yesterday to Cowboys' tight end Jason Witten's involvement with the NFL's USO tour, a product of the 44-year-old partnership between the two organizations, which sends a few of the league's stars overseas each off-season.
Witten will be one of four NFL players this off-season to visit troops stationed overseas, in Southwest Asia. Joined by San Francisco's Vernon Davis, Houston's Mario Williams and Cleveland's Joe Thomas, Witten said on Thursday that he's looking forward to the trip.
"I think it's one of those things that the memories from that will last a lifetime," Witten said, per the Dallas Morning News. "So many of those troops are such big football fans and Cowboys fans that I'm thrilled to be going over there and spending time with them to let them know how much we appreciate them."
Minnesota's Jared Allen and New Orleans' Drew Brees, both of whom have made multiple trips overseas, spoke with Witten about the project; "and they told me it would change your life," Witten said.
The exact dates of Witten's trip have not yet been announced; Brees, with teammates Donnie Edwards and Billy Miller, will visit troops stationed in Turkey and Djibouti in mid-March.