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Frazier spending July 4 holiday in Afghanistan

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08:07 AM ET 07.04 | Inside a month before training camp opens for him in Minnesota, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has chosen to capitalize on some rare NFL downtime this holiday week. But that [doesn't mean] he's beachside somewhere sipping on a frozen drink and soaking in the sun. Frazier's choice of venue [Tuesday]: Afghanistan. As part of the third annual NFL-USO Coaches Tour, Frazier along with Bill Cowher and Eric Mangini are currently visiting troops in the Persian Gulf. This afternoon, Frazier called the Star Tribune from overseas and provided a snapshot of the impressions the USO Tour has left on him so far. On the positive energy he's felt on the trip ... "So far this has been a tremendous experience."

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July 4, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Really? Mangini and Frazier. I'd rather go on foot patrol across the desert with a bullseye painted on my back.

July 4, 2012  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Really? Mangini and Frazier. I'd rather go on foot patrol across the desert with a bullseye painted on my back.

Unless you've been there, that's a pretty bold statement.

Not much of a fan but it sure beats the lip service about "how much we appreciate the troops".

July 4, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Unless you've been there, that's a pretty bold statement.Not much of a fan but it sure beats the lip service about "how much we appreciate the troops".

Some truth there, hard to imagine a hell hole much worse than Afghanistan

July 4, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Nice story.

July 4, 2012  09:10 AM ET

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed, declaring the United States' independence from Great Britain. To this day our U.S. Armed forces have fought to protect us against all enemies foreign and domestic to ensure we keep our individual freedom and independence from the rest of the world.

If you have the opportunity today (and every day), thank an active member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Happy Independence Day FN!

July 4, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed, declaring the United States' independence from Great Britain. To this day our U.S. Armed forces have fought to protect us against all enemies foreign and domestic to ensure we keep our individual freedom and independence from the rest of the world.If you have the opportunity today (and every day), thank an active member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. Happy Independence Day FN!

Well said................................and I agree with you 1000 %...................................

July 4, 2012  10:11 AM ET

Maybe he can find some better players than he has here.

July 4, 2012  10:19 AM ET

I hope Mangina doesn't give away secrets to the enemy.

July 4, 2012  10:26 AM ET

I hope Mangina doesn't give away secrets to the enemy.

July 4, 2012  10:27 AM ET

I hope Mangina doesn't give away secrets to the enemy.

July 4, 2012  10:29 AM ET

ahhhh...hahaha...stupid FN.

July 4, 2012  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Unless you've been there, that's a pretty bold statement.Not much of a fan but it sure beats the lip service about "how much we appreciate the troops".

+1

Happy Independence Day, all...

July 4, 2012  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I hope Mangina doesn't give away secrets to the enemy.

Maybe ESPN is trying to give Mangina to the enemy...

July 4, 2012  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Maybe ESPN is trying to give Mangina to the enemy...

just like in the NFL...no takers. LOL!

July 4, 2012  10:54 AM ET

The first fan who complains about Frazier not being 100% focused on the Vikings can l*ck it.

July 4, 2012  10:58 AM ET

Three Good Guys, Thanks for representing me, wish I could be with You, especially Today, Happy Fourth Everyone!!!

July 4, 2012  01:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Really? Mangini and Frazier. I'd rather go on foot patrol across the desert with a bullseye painted on my back.

Hey Tx I wish it could be arranged so we wouldn't have to read anymore of sick and stupid remarks on Independence Day.

July 4, 2012  01:35 PM ET
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Maybe he can find some better players than he has here.

Another want to be comic with to much time on his hands.

 
July 4, 2012  02:57 PM ET

Since when was Afghanistan a part of the Persian Gulf region?

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