USO tour ends with troops on Fourth of July

Former Seahawks coach Jim Mora Jr. (left), Texans coach Gary Kubiak, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and former Saints coach Jim Mora Sr. pose with U.S. troops on July 4. (Steve Manuel/USO)

What better way to conclude the NFL Coaches USO Tour than by spending the Fourth of July with the troops. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, Texans coach Gary Kubiak, former NFL coach and current NFL Network analyst Jim Mora Jr. and former Saints and Colts coach Jim Mora Sr. had an opportunity to do just that Monday in Iraq.

Whisenhunt wrote about the experience on the Cardinals’ official website. “Fourth of July has always been important to me because it has always been a big family day. I think today was a little different, but it was every bit as special. The impact you have on our troops, that is really special.”

This was the first USO tour for the group, who joined a growing list of NFL coaches to travel overseas on USO entertainment tours, and it left a deep impression.

“The emotional connection to the troops and seeing how excited they were to see somebody from home, that was something I didn’t expect,” Whisenhunt wrote. “The human element, even though you think you know what it will be, once you see the conditions they live in but the enthusiasm they have for their job, that’s what hits you where you aren’t expecting it.

“In talking to the other coaches, those are the things we will be thinking about for weeks and weeks about this trip.”

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Watch: The Moras share their experience

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