NFL stars scheduled to visit Israel next week
Players will sightsee, play an exhibition game and even take a dip in the Dead Sea.
When most football players win the Super Bowl, they head to Disney World. But not Martellus Bennett. The New England Patriots tight end is scheduled to travel to Israel next week.
He and 10 other NFL players are planning to be part of an athletic delegation visiting many Israeli cities, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa, as well as a trip to take a dunk in the Dead Sea. The American players will also compete in an exhibition game with the Israeli Football League at the Kraft Family Stadium, a Jerusalem arena that Patriots owner Robert Kraft helped build.
The 11 players scheduled to go to Israel are:
- Cliff Avril of the Seattle Seahawks
- Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks
- Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots
- Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals
- Justin Forsett of the Denver Broncos
- Carlos Hyde of the San Francisco 49ers
- Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints
- Michael Kendricks of the Philadelphia Eagles
- Kenny Stills of the Miami Dolphins
- Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans
- Dan Williams of the Oakland Raiders
“Football stars are a source of inspiration for all American citizens," said Israel's Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. "I am sure that, after the experiences that the players will enjoy in Israel and after they have seen the unique tourist sites and the special atmosphere here, they will become ambassadors of good will for Israel."
The trip is organized by America’s Voices in Israel, a nonprofit group that organizes week-long trips to Israel for celebrities. In December, stars of "The Walking Dead" and "Lost" made their way to Israel. Other trips have included actress Lea Thompson, actor Greg Grunberg and cast members of "One Tree Hill."
This will not be the first trip NFL players are making to Israel. In the summer of 2015, for example, New England Patriot Julian Edelman inaugurated the new direct flights from Boston to Tel Aviv with an excursion to the Mediterranean country. "This was an amazing, memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for me," Edelman said at the time. Here's a video of him working out in Israel:
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