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Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:12 am
APPRECIATION: Gary Kubiak sounds like a changed man. Then again, most people would be after spending a week visiting American soldiers in the Persian Gulf. "People told me it would change you once you made this trip," Kubiak told me by phone from Iraq. "You see how dedicated our troops are. They were appreciative of us visting them and I kept saying, 'We can't thank you enough for your service."

"You see their faces and they are so young. They are so dedicated. They don't complain. They just do their jobs. I do think appreciation is the word. Doing this gives you a new understanding of what our soldiers go through."

Kubiak, the Houston coach, is one of four NFL current or former coaches visiting troops in the league's NFL-USO Coaches Tour of military instillations that started last week in Kuwait. Kubiak made the trip with Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, former coach Jim Mora and Mora's son, Jim, another ex-coach.

"Every one of us, the coaches, are amazed at what we're seeing," Kubiak said. "People look at sports figures as heroes but these soldiers are the true heroes."

Kubiak of course had to be asked about the lockout. "I'm asked about that constantly here," he said. "I'm telling everyone there will be football this year. I believe that. I'm even hoping there will be football when we get home late this week. I can tell you the Texans are prepared for almost any scenario. We'll be ready."

Happy 4th. The Daily Shoutout returns Wednesday.
Category: NFL

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2011 12:53 pm

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Well, Marino1313, when I was deployed to Iraq, there were a fair number of former coaches and pro athletes who came to visit us, hang out in the mess hall, play a game of touch football, and sign autographs...and it meant a lot to us. Yeah, I'll admit that the Hooters Girls were the most appreciated visitors, but anyone who gave their time to remind us we weren't forgotten out there was very welcome!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 11:57 pm

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 How about you thank the troops by paying them the salary they receive already? There are a lot of them that serve for honorable reasons, but let's not forget that they are doing a job that they signed up for. They do get paid, they aren't just in the military for the love of America... They are putting themselves at risk, but thats part of the gig. A lot of the soldiers make more in the military than they would in the real world. Go ahead and lash out at me all you want, Im sure there are lots of others that would agree (silently albeit)

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:12 pm

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How annoyed would I be, to have someone take the time to come halfway around the world to visit me. To enter an active combat zone to meet and greet with me taking my mind from the tedious stress of combat where the quiet could be interrupted by a RPG, bullets, or IED. Where I could hear and maybe speak with someone about a sport that I love and follow and that they have knowledge of. To have time to relax and have a few moments of enjoyment.
Yes Mariono1313 I know those brave men and women are putting their lives on the line for us, even you.

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 9:49 pm

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How annoyed would you be if you were in the military and these 4 nobodys came to visit? 

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 8:44 pm

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Hi there Happy 4th to all. With the Millions and Billions dollars floating around the NFL and owners & players fighting over it all. I got a idea why not pay Rookies E-3 salary,sophomore players E-4 sallery,3 yr. players E-5,4 yr. players E-6 and senior veteran football players E-8 ill they retire. While Coaches get O-1,Coordinators O-2 and managers O-3 and owners take a O-4 cut.
Do this for one season and split the mega bucks they save on our troops so their familys can eat,children can have college funds and the troops could have a healthy lump sum bonus for there time served over seas.
Watch how fast NFL  Players learn how to budget their money and appreciate the salerys they make next season then the owners could claim a huge tax break and  give the savings to the troops medical support center for injured and disabled vets.
I spent 17 years in the military and saw Combat in Granada. Our troops not only need our support they need our prays as well.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:07 pm

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I'm sure some of them ARE spoiled babies.  I'm sure some of them aren't.  Maybe even most, I dare say.

I'm sure most owners and players DO know who the real heroes are, and DO appreciate the troops and what they sacrifice .. but possibly not to the extent you think they should.  It may be their fault they are not in the military, and it is a LEGAL choice to not be in the military ... so there is nothing wrong with being civilians.  You're not gonna find many Pat Tillmans around.  And, it is really not their fault they are spoiled, but ours/the paying public's.  The public is paying to support the sports world, and paying way too much.  So the athletes AND owners are rich and, many, spoiled.  By us.  And the media, yes.

I love watching my sports and teams, but I don't love that the franchises and athletes make so many millions/billions of dollars.

To top it off, there is a fairly racist tone in what I'm reading in this thread.  And .... that ain't right, neither.

Cowboy - well said.

!!!PEACE!!!   MVG

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 5:28 pm

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Any NFL owner or player should read this article and maybe read it twice. The real heroes are out there serving their country every day in far away places most of us never heard of...meanwhile, the players and owners still can't get their act together to play football. Everyone who is a player or owner should be thankful of what they have and who protects their freedoms.

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 4:46 pm

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i hope every single pro athelict sign up to go see our troops at war to understand what war really is day in and day out, so they stop whinning like a b***h. i hate it so much when an athletic making comment after the games, when they said "they a soilder and they risking their life and lay it all on the line out there." it so ignorant to me they dont know jack shit about being a soilders or risking life. it just a fking game for god sake.

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2011 3:18 pm

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I couldn't agree with you more Crispy! Let these spoiled babies go over there and see what a real man (even at the age of 18) does day in and day out. I'm sure it would certainly open their eyes! At the same time I'd have to agree with saslug as well sigh, probably 3/4ths of them couldn't make the grade to be accepted into the armed forces. First of all you have to have an IQ above that of a slug or at least be able to come close to passing the Wonderlic and more importantly you must pass a drug test, oops! Pro football is already screwed up enough. Lets not integrate these ingrates with our finest and take a chance of messing up our fighting forces as well!

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 2:19 pm

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I think the military would accept almost all of them.  As officers if they have degrees, or as enlisteds if they don't.

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