A few days after Jimmy Graham’s future in New Orleans was cemented (at least for one more year), Graham boarded a plane and headed to the Middle East as part of the NFL’s week-long USO tour.
Graham tweeted on his way to the airport, expressing pride and excitement:
Headed the airport and going to the other side of the world! looking forward to spending time with our troops abroad. Truly Honor #nflsalute
— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) March 1, 2014
Graham joins fellow newcomers to the NFL-USO tour program Brandon Fields of the Dolphins and Pierre Garcon of the Redskins.
Graham dedicates himself to the community during the offseason, including playing host to a youth football camp at Tulane University and being an avid supporter of Boys Town Louisiana. He was also featured in a USA Network television program called “NFL Characters Unite”, where he mentored a New Orleans teenager in need.
The NFL and USO have worked together to organize overseas morale-building visits for 48 years, and In 1966 the NFL teamed with the USO and became the first sports organization to send a group of players to Vietnam and other parts of Asia.