Metcalf celebrates July 4th with troops

Posted Jul 4, 2013

Browns Legend Eric Metcalf is taking part in this week’s NFL-USO Tour of military bases overseas.

Former Cleveland Browns running back Eric Metcalf is celebrating America’s Independence Day, July 4, with those who stand ready to defend the country’s freedom at a moment’s notice.

Metcalf is one of three former players and a former front-office executive who has joined a weeklong NFL-USO Tour of military bases throughout the Middle East, the NFL announced Tuesday morning.

“These brave Americans allow us to sleep comfortably every night, and being a part of this tour is the only way that I can begin to repay them,” Metcalf said in a press release. “I have been on many football teams throughout my life, but I am about to experience a few days with the ultimate team, and at the same time, celebrate the 4th of July with the men and women who keep us free. It gets no better than this!”

By making this week’s trip, Metcalf -- a former first-round pick of the Browns and three-time Pro Bowl selection -- is continuing the team’s long-standing tradition of support for the U.S. military and the NFL-USO Tour.

Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was part of a group of NFL players who spent a week in March travelling the Middle East visiting with and signing autographs for military personnel in remote locations throughout the region.

Prior to Jackson’s visit, offensive linemen Joe Thomas and Alex Mack both travelled and spent time with U.S. troops at military bases in the Middle East. Thomas was part of the NFL-USO Tour in 2010, and Mack -- whose father and cousin were in the military -- joined the tour in the spring of 2012.

Former Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace also made a summer visit to military personnel in the Middle East in 2012.

“People watch the game of football and believe it must be tough to get out there and put your body on the line every play,” Metcalf said. “I chose to be a part of this tour because our troops are the real men and women putting their lives on the line for our entire country.”

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