NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 19: Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys stands on the field prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 19, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Joining Witten will be fellow tight end Vernon Davis of the 49ers, Texans defensive end Mario Williams and Browns' tackle Joe Thomas. The program featured Jared Allen, Larry Fitzgerald, Will Witherspoon and Danny Clark last year. In March, Drew Brees will visit Turkey and Djibouti, along with linebacker Donnie Edwards and tight end Billy Miller.
The relationship between the NFL and USO dates back to 1966, when Johnny Unitas and Sam Huff, among others, visited soldiers stationed in Southeast Asia.
Witten, Davis, Williams and Thomas will soon join this illustrious group of players who have participated in the program in past years, a list that includes (aside from the aforementioned) Larry Csonka, Dick Butkus, Gene Upshaw and Mike Singletary, to name a few.