Video: Manning visits troops on USO tour

Posted on: 4:30 pm, February 27, 2013, by and , updated on: 08:37pm, March 6, 2013

DENVER — Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning took a break from his off-season workouts to visit US troops stationed throughout Europe.

Manning, along with several other big-name athletes completed a USO tour in Europe that ran from Feb.25 to March 2. Stops included locations such as Naples, Italy, where Manning addressed more than 300 service members and their families.

“I just want to say thank you for having us here. It’s a real honor and pleasure for me to be here and for all of us to be here. I just can’t thank all of you enough from the bottom of my heart for protecting our country,” Manning told a crowd of 300 service members. “We truly appreciate all the sacrifices you make.”

Read Manning’s personal USO tour journal here.

The tour also stopped in Rota, Spain and Sigonella, Italy.

Along with Manning the group included Colts wide receiver Austin Collie, Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, former Phillies pitcher, Kurt Schilling and Cowboys Cheerleaders.

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  • Peyton Manning signing autographs during a visit to Naples, Italy. (Photo: DenverBroncos.com)

  • U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul McGillicuddy, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. present an autographed football from Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to the wing at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Feb. 28, 2013. Manning visited the men and women of the 380 AEW to express the country's gratitude for their service and sacrifice during the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James A. Winnefeld USO tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christina M. Styer/Released)

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