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Frazier, Cowher, Mangini visiting troops in Persian Gulf

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Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is spending some of his limited relaxation time doing anything but relaxing.

Frazier is the only active head coach to participate in this year’s USO tour to the Persian Gulf.  He has been joined by former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, former Jets and Browns head coach Eric Mangini, and Jets assistant special-teams coordinator Ben Kowitca, who spent seven years in the military after playing football at West Point.

It’s the third annual NFL-USO Coaches Tour, and it’s Cowher’s second trip.  Other NFL head coaches to spend their limited vacation time visiting the troops are Giants coach Tom Coughlin, Broncos coach John Fox, Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Texans coach Gary Kubiak, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Eagles coach Andy Reid, and Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Frazier said that he’ll now remind his daughters to thank members of the armed services, and that he won’t tolerate much griping from players who whine about heat in training camp.

”It just puts in perspective that there’s nothing you should ever complain about,” Frazier said, via the Associated Press.

He’s right.  Whenever any of us think we have it bad, someone else always has it worse.  And that men and women who are stationed in foreign lands have it worse than most of us who aren’t.

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15 Responses to “Frazier, Cowher, Mangini visiting troops in Persian Gulf”
  1. jacobslatter says: Jul 2, 2012 10:47 PM

    George W. = warmonger.

  2. tfbuckfutter says: Jul 2, 2012 10:59 PM

    They should make Mangini ride a bus there.

  3. SmurfJuice says: Jul 2, 2012 11:06 PM

    “…he won’t tolerate much griping from players who whine about heat in training camp.”

    Yeah, that’ll help the player safety image. Especially in Minnesota, where Korey Stringer died from heat-induced problems in training camp.

  4. mediasloppy says: Jul 2, 2012 11:35 PM

    Kudos for Frazier and the others going.

    As for trolls talking about heat and death. The Vikings have learned from Stringers death. From proper intake of water to swallowing pills to record internal body temp…

  5. lj6917 says: Jul 2, 2012 11:51 PM

    I was in Iraq. What other do, means a lot to us over there. Do not talk down on these men for what they do. As much as you want to attack them for personal reasons, they are entering a war zone, and are as much at risk as we are. Commend them for bringing us a little bit of joy from being away from our family and friends

  6. skoobyfl says: Jul 3, 2012 12:03 AM

    Leslie has quite a desert training program to implement while he’s there. If you survive, it’s onto the Navy Seals.

  7. mreffs420 says: Jul 3, 2012 12:26 AM

    SmurfJuice says:
    Jul 2, 2012 11:06 PM
    “…he won’t tolerate much griping from players who whine about heat in training camp.”

    Yeah, that’ll help the player safety image. Especially in Minnesota, where Korey Stringer died from heat-induced problems in training camp.

    ————————————————

    That was 11 years ago. Most if not all of the current players weren’t on the team then. Frazier wasn’t with the team then either. You’re obviously the smartest person in the universe.

  8. randallflagg52 says: Jul 3, 2012 1:08 AM

    Is Frazier, Mangini, and Cowher really the best the NFL can send over for our troops? How about some cheerleaders or something?

  9. murtdurt says: Jul 3, 2012 2:32 AM

    Nice work for the coaches who go. However the people who are serving over seas signed up. Not like anyone pointed a gun at them and told it was mandatory

  10. murtdurt says: Jul 3, 2012 3:52 AM

    Nice work for the coaches who go. However the people who are serving over seas signed up. Not being ignorant but it’s not like anyone pointed a gun at them and told it was mandatory to sign up. That like every thing else in this country is a choice

  11. cooklynn17 says: Jul 3, 2012 6:09 AM

    Love to see these kind of selfless acts from these gentleman. And let’s face it the only reason any of us live the lives we do is because of our great military.

    Happy Independence Day America

  12. patriots123456 says: Jul 3, 2012 9:50 AM

    Did Belichick call in Mangini’s location to the Taliban? LOL

  13. j0esixpack says: Jul 3, 2012 12:06 PM

    Just to be clear – Mangini is meeting with the US troops – correct?

    I wouldn’t share any secrets with him if I were them.

  14. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 3, 2012 12:19 PM

    Apparently you can say “George W. = warmonger” but you can’t say “What does that make King Obama?”

  15. jacobslatter says: Jul 3, 2012 9:47 PM

    King Obama = jobtaker

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