I complain a lot about sports leagues, teams and players because in part that is why our readers come to this site. That’s why we call it Fryingpan Sports. I try to congratulate those that do things right and do the right things. The NFL has done one thing right for a long time.
Since 1966 the NFL has officially joined forces with the USO to entertain our troops around the world. This program has never been needed more than now. Those men and women protecting our freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan look forward to anything that can remind them of home. The USO and the NFL program has been doing that for thousands of US soldiers.
The program includes visits to the front by players and coaches, Super Bowl parties in camps around the world, and one of the most popular features, more than 60 visits by the Dallas Cheerleaders.
But there were trips before 1966. Individual players and teams have organized trips to meet and entertain the troops before the program became an official part of the NFL.
Former Steeler head coach Bill Cowher and ex Buc coach Jon Gruden will join Titan coach Jeff Fisher and Ravens coach John Harbaugh in trips to Iraq and Afghanistan this off season.
I want to thank every player, coach and cheerleader that has taken the time to give back to those that risk their lives to keep us safe. Well done and thank you to those that visit our troops and the troops themselves.
That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.
Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .