Four head coaches to visit troops in Persian Gulf

NFL teams are slowly closing down for a summer break and on that break four coaches are going to head overseas.

Philadelphia’s Andy Reid, Carolina’s John Fox, Minnesota’s Brad Childress and Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis will take part in an NFL-USO coaches tour in the Persian Gulf in the coming weeks.

The coaches will visit with U.S. military personnel for several days and get a look at some of the goings-on in the Middle East. When and where the coaches will be is not disclosed for security reasons, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

This is the second straight summer that coaches have taken time out to visit with military folks representing the U.S. on the other side of the world. Last summer, Tennessee’s Jeff Fisher, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh, and the Giants’ Tom Coughlin joined currently inactive coaches Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher overseas.

Childress keeps a close watch on things in the Persian Gulf area already. His son Andrew joined the Marines two years ago and was recently sent to the Middle East. The work the league does, with players as well, to stay in touch with troops overseas should be commended.

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