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Witten Headed Overseas As Part of USO Program

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    Cowboys' tight end Jason Witten will be one of four NFL players to go over seas and visit troops in the Persian Gulf region this off-season as a part of the league's annual USO tour.

    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.