Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning visits troops overseas as part of USO tour

Manning signed autographs at NAS Sigonella, Italy

Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is on a USO tour in Europe, visiting our troops serving overseas.

Manning is part of a group of athletes, coaches and musicians on tour with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James Winnefeld.

"Thanks from the bottom of my heart," Manning told the troops. "The one thing that has always motivated me playing football is being accountable to my teammates. What's really driven me for the past 16 years playing football is being accountable, doing my job at the very best that I can to be accountable to help my teammates. I know that's exactly what you believe in, as it's really what the military is all about."

Manning and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie threw autographed footballs to service members in the audience.

On Wednesday, the Denver Broncos Tweeted a photo of Manning signing autographs at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy.

Joining Manning and Collie on the tour is Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, World Series pitcher Curt Schilling and Cowboys Cheerleader Jackie Bob.