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NFL Studs Travel to Africa for Charity Mission

3/30/2011 5:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

They may be out of work ... but several NFL superstars, including Adrian Peterson, Bryant McKinnie and Santonio Holmes have been using their downtime to help the less fortunate in Africa ... TMZ has learned.

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10 NFL badasses -- including Larry Fitzgerald, Vernon Davis, Vontae Davis, Roy Williams, Gerald McCoy, Derrick Morgan and Tommie Harris just returned from Uganda ... where they spent a week helping out the locals.

We're told the guys used their massive physiques to dig out water wells for schools ... and helped fit more than 3,000 people with hearing aides. They also put in some time at a local nursery.

The athletes also got to pass out some of those mislabeled championship shirts from the Superbowl and the NFL division championship games.

TMZ spoke to McKinnie ... who told us, "I will remember this experience for the rest of my life" ... and insists, "I will most definitely be back next year."

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1.

Phil    

Why isn't Lindsay Lohan helping? Don't they have diamonds in Africa?

1269 days ago
2.

Cartman    

10 NFL dudes fitting Africans for hearing aids?

That just ain't right.

1269 days ago
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Joe    

so the blacks want to blame the whites for bringing them to america. saying that it was wrong. look at the picture people. the ones that were brought over became famous athletes and are able to help out their home country with food, supplies, and themselves. lets see the whole picture.
oh and by the way, slavery was/is/always will be 100,000% wrong. but what i am trying to say is - look past what cannot be changed.

1269 days ago
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JLS    

Well how good is this? Epic! This is a great article night on TMZ. I honor all these guys for doing this. It's WONDERFUL.

1269 days ago
5.

Brian    

Did they buy one way plane tickets?

1269 days ago
6.

radicalred    

This is a great story. It's nice to see some of the millionaire athletes giving back to help others rather than beating up their women, driving drunk and acting like all-out thugs.

And to the a%$.holes who keep making the racist comments: grow up. You must have been raised by morons. Shame on your parents for raising such losers.

1269 days ago
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ms870    

Nice article but I think you only reported part of the story. First off it is hearing aids not hearing aides, no big deal just fyi. Second NFL players can't fit hearing aids, they must have went to Africa with the Starkey Foundation and Bill Austin to do this, where is that in your article? If Larry Fitz is there then Bill is not to far behind him, they are neighbors here in Minn. Finish the story, there is more to this story! Good job though!

1269 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

why not help out some kids in the states

1269 days ago
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NWA    

#4 Peter Lee, you are a fool and you can only hide in your mother basement doing that.i bet you can`t say that to any of those guys in present because you have no ball mother****er.i hope you die missirable

1269 days ago
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Pat    

It is a good thing to help those in need; but would it not be better to start at home? There are millions of people in the United States who could use the type of assistance these guys gave. But then there wouldn't be any photo ops if they were working in West Virginia, Missisippi, Louisiana, California etc. This was nothing more than a photo op to make them feel like they were doing something productive for a change.

1269 days ago
11.

Nick    

the racist white people have come out once again.

1269 days ago
12.

TheHOLETruth    

Africa, the world's basket-case

1269 days ago
13.

Rhubino    

Why studs?

1269 days ago
14.

Jan    

Who says they're white. Sounds Asian to me. There are more non-white racists than anything. That said, I prefer to ignore these imbeciles. Not worth the time.

1269 days ago
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Feceshurlingmonkey    

Count 'em. Four University of Oklahoma alums. Way to go Sooners.

1268 days ago
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