• Soldiers with the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, greet Cleveland Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (right), during his visit to Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2013. The visit was part of a week-long NFL-USO morale-building tour.

    NFL players visit soldiers of Masum Ghar

    Soldiers with the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, greet Cleveland Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (right), during his visit to Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2013. The visit was part of a week-long...

  • A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying NFL players Champ Bailey, D'Qwell Jackson, Davin Joseph, Von Miller, Steve Smith and J.J. Watt arrives at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2013. The week-long visit was part of an NFL-USO morale-building tour.

    NFL players visit soldiers of Masum Ghar

    A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying NFL players Champ Bailey, D'Qwell Jackson, Davin Joseph, Von Miller, Steve Smith and J.J. Watt arrives at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2013. The week-long visit...

  • Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey takes in the view from a mountain ridge near Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2013. Bailey visited U.S. military bases as part of an NFL-USO morale-building tour.

    NFL players visit soldiers of Masum Ghar

    Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey takes in the view from a mountain ridge near Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2013. Bailey visited U.S. military bases as part of an NFL-USO morale-building tour.

  • Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Hochstedler (left), with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, poses with posters featuring the Denver Broncos football team in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2013. The posters, created by a Soldier serving in Hochstedler's unit, were autographed by cornerback Champ Bailey and linebacker Vonn Miller during their visit to Afghanistan as part of an NFL-USO morale-building tour.

    NFL players visit soldiers of Masum Ghar

    Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Hochstedler (left), with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, poses with posters featuring the Denver Broncos football team in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2013. The...

  • Sgt. Maj. Daniel Adle (left), the operations sergeant major of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, shares a light moment with Cleveland Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (right), during his visit to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2013. Jackson's visit was part of an NFL-USO morale-building tour.

    NFL players visit soldiers of Masum Ghar

    Sgt. Maj. Daniel Adle (left), the operations sergeant major of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, shares a light moment with Cleveland Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (right), during his visit to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, March...

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MASUM GHAR, Afghanistan (March 26, 2013) -- Players from the National Football League visited the Soldiers of Masum Ghar for a motivational United Service Organization (USO) tour on March 18 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

The NFL players included Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, Cleveland Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Carolina Panthers wide receiver,Steve Smith and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

"Visiting Soldiers, seeing what they do on a daily basis," said Miller, "it really puts it into perspective, it makes you appreciate what you have stateside. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I am truly blessed and grateful to be here."

The players arrived in the early morning and ventured up to Engineer Hill where they were able to meet a Tactical Explosive Detection Dog and given a demonstration of the dogs' capabilities. Afterward, they met with the 38th Engineers of Combined Task Force 4-2.

"This is a chance of a lifetime," said Jackson, "to show our appreciation for the uniform, the men and women who risk their lives and the bravery they show each and every day."

Following Engineer Hill, the NFL players made it to the highest point surrounding Masum Ghar and were given an opportunity to view the surrounding area.

Lastly, the players spent quality time with the Soldiers in the dining facility. J.J. Watt played catch with some of the dining facility workers while the others signed autographs and posed for photos.

"I felt like a 40 year old woman waiting for 'Twilight' to come out," said Broncos fan Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Hochstedler, a Spectrum Manager with, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, CTF 4-2. "It was amazing."

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