ESPN Analyst Bill Polian and NFL Vets Chris Draft, Donnie Edwards and Eric Metcalf Kick Off Summer ’13 with Celebratory USO/NFL Tour to Middle East

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Group to celebrate America’s Armed Forces on morale boosting trip downrange.

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Twitter Pitch: @The_USO and @NFL to Send Draft, Edwards, Metcalf and Polian on spirit-lifting tour to Middle East

What:    USO-NFL Tour

Who:    Chris Draft, former NFL linebacker (thirteen seasons)
            Donnie Edwards, former NFL linebacker (fourteen seasons)
                Eric Metcalf, former NFL running back/wide receiver (fourteen seasons)
                Bill Polian, former NFL general manager and current ESPN analyst

When:    Summer 2013

Where:    Middle East

Note: For security reasons, the specific countries and dates cannot be released in advance.

Why:    Former gridiron greats Chris Draft, Donnie Edwards and Eric Metcalf to join former NFL executive turned ESPN analyst Bill Polian and kick off Summer ’13 on a week-long USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Middle East. On a mission to celebrate troops and boost morale, the group is scheduled to travel to two countries in seven days and visit more than six military work sites.

This year will mark the NFL’s 48th year of working with the USO and deploying sports figures around the globe to uplift troops. Among those who participated in USO-NFL tours last year are Jason Baker (Free Agent), Dhani Jones (11-year NFL veteran/Travel Channel host), Alex Mack (Cleveland Browns), Takeo Spikes (Free Agent), Eric Winston (Free Agent), Bill Cowher (former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach); Leslie Frazier (Minnesota Vikings head coach); Ben Kotwica (New York Jets assistant special teams coach/U.S. Army veteran); and Eric Mangini (Senior Offensive Consultant, San Francisco 49ers).

This will mark the fifth USO tour for Edwards, who has traveled to seven countries since 2007, and the first for Draft, Metcalf and Polian.

Note:    The USO strives to deliver life-changing experiences to troops and their families around the world, like this USO/NFL tour featuring football greats Chris Draft, Donnie Edwards, Eric Metcalf and Bill Polian. Visit between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July to learn ways you can help the USO honor, salute and celebrate the accomplishments and valor of our deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers and families of the fallen.

About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

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