Players' union answering service call

WASHINGTON -- The NFL players' union is joining President Barack Obama's national service initiative.

The president says NFL players have a unique opportunity as role models and he applauds them for answering the call to service through the "United We Serve" program. The program is aimed at getting people to tackle a variety of problems.

The NFLPA released a video Thursday featuring players and their service. Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he is rebuilding his community. Texans offensive lineman Chester Pitts is assisting single fathers and Rams linebacker Chris Draft is helping families lead healthy lifestyles.

Obama said their example shows that the "toughest of athletes or the youngest of fans" can make a difference in communities.