ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Golden Tate will take off from Detroit on Friday for Washington, D.C. Then, he’ll head overseas for a quick jaunt to the other side of the world.
The Detroit Lions wide receiver is taking part in a USO Tour over the next week in Kuwait, one of two NFL players visiting the military at Camp Buehring on Monday.
“The itinerary is really just to spend time with our military,” Tate said Thursday. “We’ll be there hanging out, eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. We’ll be staying on the base, maybe run some drills. Hopefully, I’m looking forward to just talking to them and seeing what their mindset is when they go to battle. Just learn, learn whatever I can and aid them any way I can.”
Tate, who is being joined by Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing on the tour, will go from Washington to Frankfurt, Germany, where they will spend two or three days before going to the Middle East for a few days.
He said both Jim Caldwell and Bob Quinn were enthusiastic in telling Tate to go, even if it would mean missing a few days of workouts in Allen Park, Michigan. Tate said he expects to return Thursday morning.
Tate started a non-profit last year to help veterans when they return from active tours of duty.
Tate isn’t the only current Lions player who has taken a trip overseas to visit the military. Last offseason, punter Sam Martin spent time in Bahrain on an aircraft carrier and at various bases in the country. Quarterback Matthew Stafford also recently worked a football camp run by his brother-in-law for the children of military members.
“It’s something I’ve heard, guys doing similar things in the past,” Tate said. “Jumped all over it.”