P Brandon Fields

Despite leading the fan voting component last season, Brandon Fields was snubbed for a 2012 Pro Bowl selection, spoiling his best NFL season. Fields has improved on his net punting average (up from 41.2 to 42.4) and has had just two punts go for touchbacks. He owns the second largest punt and net punt average in the NFL. (Jim Rassol / Sun Sentinel / December 1, 2013)

Miami Dolphins' Pro Bowl punter Brandon Fields is one three active NFL player visiting U.S. Troops in the Middle East as part of the NFL's annual tour of military bases.

Fields, and two other South Florida natives, Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon and New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, are this year's participants in the NFL-USO tour abroad that has taken place for the last 50-years.

The NFL and USO have worked together on overseas morale-building visits for 48 years. In 1966, the NFL teamed with the USO and became the first sports organization to send players to Vietnam and other parts of Asia.

 

NFL players Champ Bailey, D'Qwell Jackson, Davin Joseph, Von Miller, Steve Smith and J.J. Watts took part in last year’s USO tour overseas. During the tour, the group visited military bases in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. They dined with service members, greeted military personnel and signed autographs.

Fields, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl after averaged 48.8 yards per punt and 42.4 net yards per punt last season, is the Dolphins' NFLPA representative. He's also one of the team's more active participatants when it comes to the franchise's local charity ventures.