In a really cool story out of the NFL world, the Atlanta Falcons announced on Tuesday that they plan on visiting active United States Military members in Iraq later this offseason under the umbrella of the USO.
“We are fired up to have this rare opportunity to show our appreciation for our troops and spend time with them during their deployment,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said, via the team’s official website. “We have so much respect for what these men and women do every single day, and I think this is a great opportunity to show our gratitude to all the members of our armed services at these bases.”
Along with kicker Matt Bryant, guard Ben Garland and center Alex Mack, Quinn will visit three different military bases in the still war-torn Middle Eastern nation.
Garland himself was the Falcons’ 2017 Man of the Year recipient and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. He’s currently a member of the Colorado Air National Guard.
At a time when some percieve the NFL to be at odds with the United States Military, this is a show of unity. Well done by the Falcons.