Jimmy Graham, two other players to tour Middle East with USO

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Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon and Dolphins punter Brandon Fields will participate in an NFL-United Service Organizations Inc. tour of the Middle East this year, the NFL announced on Monday.

Graham, Garcon and Fields will visit U.S. military bases in the region during the week-long tour, the NFL said.

The NFL and USO have partnered on trips sending league personnel to visit troops at various locations around the world for nearly 50 years.

“It’s an honor to go over and visit the troops in their environment, not only to see how they’re doing but also to appreciate what they’re doing to keep us safe back in America,” Garcon said in an NFL-issued statement Monday. “I’m so proud to be a part of this event and to be able to thank the real heroes in person.”