Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt took the NFL by storm in 2012. Now, he’s trying to make a name for himself half way around the world.
The Texans star is one of 6 NFL players that are part of the USO/Armed Forces Entertainment Tour which is currently visiting several military bases in the Middle East.
So far, the group has visited approximately four military sites downrange and lifted the spirits of hundreds of servicemen and women. This trip marks the first USO/NFL tour for each player.
Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, Cleveland Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph, Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith are joining Watt on the tour.
"I’m excited to represent the Broncos and the NFL on this tour and show my appreciation for the military personnel who serve our country," said Miller, who played college ball at Texas A&M.
Watt seems to be the perfect fit for this type of tour. After every sack, he gives a salute. He is the second Texan to be making the trip since 2011. Head coach Gary Kubiak traveled to the Middle East two years ago.
Since 2007, the USO has sent out 166 NFL representatives on 40 tours to 20 countries.