Texans DE J.J. Watt to take part in USO trip to military bases throughout Middle East

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt shows his Salute to Service gloves as he warms up before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

March 12, 2013 12:22:42 PM PDT
NFL stars J.J. Watt, Von Miller and Champ Bailey will take part in a weeklong visit to U.S. troops at military bases throughout the Middle East.

The league said Monday that Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, Cleveland Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph will also be on the trip.

The NFL and USO have been organizing overseas visits with players for more than 45 years.

Watt, the Houston Texans defensive end, is the reigning Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year. Miller, the Broncos linebacker, joined him on the All-Pro first team. Bailey, Miller's Denver teammate, was a second-team cornerback.

This is the first NFL-USO tour abroad for all six players.