Coughlin headed to Iraq

June, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Tom Coughlin, who has been quite vocal in his support of our troops, will join a delegation of current and former NFL head coaches on a visit to Iraq later this month.

The visit is part of the inaugural NFL-USO Coaches Tour, which will include Bill Cowher, Jeff Fisher, Jon Gruden and John Harbaugh. Coughlin has always been interested in the military, and he constantly talks to his players about the sacrifices our troops are making. In fact, Gen. Raymond Odierno, the commanding general of the multi-national force in Iraq, has become an inspiration to the team. A huge Giants fan, Odierno had already invited Coughlin to visit Iraq this offseason. 

"This is something I've wanted to do for years,” Coughlin told SI.com's Peter King. "And I can't tell you how excited I am, and all the coaches are, to be making this trip. It's a great chance for us to recognize the real heroes of this country. Our troops need to know how much we appreciate what they're doing, and I mean every one of us in the NFL and every one of us in the country.”

Coughlin has used his celebrity to do some pretty special things over the years. His deep appreciation for the military makes him the perfect candidate for a trip like this. 

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