Teams salute military for Veterans Day


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(Nov. 6, 2006) -- Many NFL players have visited soldiers overseas through the years. And this weekend, many NFL teams will honor the military for Veterans Day.

In 2006, the NFL and the USO mark the 40th anniversary of a partnership that has sent hundreds of NFL players around the world to boost the morale of U.S. military personnel serving far from home.

In 1965, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle -- seeking ways to demonstrate the league's support for America's fighting forces -- conceived the idea of sending NFL players to Vietnam on "goodwill tours." The following year, 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.

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