That will all change Sunday when Quarles embarks on an NFL-USO-sponsored overseas venture in which he'll visit U.S. troops at military bases throughout the Persian Gulf. The USO (United Service Organizations) is a private, nonprofit organization that provides morale-boosting and recreational services to members of the U.S. military worldwide.
Joined by three other NFL players – 在lanta tight end Alge Crumpler, Kansas City guard Will Shields and New England tight end Benjamin Watson – Quarles will continue a more than 40-year-old tradition of NFL 玩ers visiting U.S. troops stationed overseas to thank them for all that they do.
"It's just showing how much we appreciate what they do for us and just to let them know how valued they are as a member of our society," Quarles said. "We wouldn't enjoy the freedoms that we do if they weren't doing what they do for us. This is just to show them that we are appreciative of that."
It's a longstanding and worthy tradition between the NFL and USO that began way back in 1966. That was the year Willie Davis, Frank Gifford, Sam Huff and Johnny Unitas – all standouts at the time and today NFL Hall-of-Fame members – made the trip to Vietnam as part of the first NFL-USO goodwill effort.
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