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NFL sending five players, Rex Ryan on annual NFL-USO trip to Europe

The NFL is sending some players and a former coach to Italy and Germany for a week long NFL-USO tour this year. They will visit with U.S. troops and their families at military bases.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram, Carolina Panthers defensive end Mario Addison, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap, Atlanta Falcons guard Ben Garland, Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray and former NFL coach Rex Ryan were announced as the NFL’s representatives on this trip.

“The NFL is proud to work with the USO on another goodwill tour, providing players, coaches and executives the chance to show their appreciation for service members and have the unique experience of engaging with our Nation’s heroes in person,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility Anna Isaacson, per the Vikings website. “The League’s connection to the military is longstanding, due in large part to a strong partnership with the USO. The NFL remains committed to giving back to the brave individuals who fight for our safety every day and honoring them for their service and sacrifice.”

We wish them all safe travels as they navigate their way through Europe.