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U.S. troops get their own bowl game: Barry Switzer, Tony Casillas serve up some New Year's football in Iraq

BY TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer Modified: January 2, 2010 at 12:22 am •  Published: January 2, 2010
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/articleid/3429169/1/pictures/801761">Photo - Former OU coach Barry Switzer, center, and lineman Tony Casillas, left, were in Baghdad on Friday participating in a flag football game for the troops. AP PHOTO
Former OU coach Barry Switzer, center, and lineman Tony Casillas, left, were in Baghdad on Friday participating in a flag football game for the troops. AP PHOTO
"I see the leadership, the commitment to their country and it’s a wonderful thing to see, I promise you.”

Casillas, who had never been to Baghdad before, said he would jump at the chance to return.

"In a heartbeat,” Casillas said. "I’d do it as many times as I can. Guys like Cecil Graham and being part of this football game today, for me as a person, I feel very grateful to experience this. These guys, they’re here for a year, and we tried to be a very positive influence. It was just a great experience.”


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