Drew Brees had a particular encounter with a fellow No. 9 final weekend in San Diego.
The New Orleans Saints quarterback offered highschool signal-caller Alex Ruiz along with his first strolling prosthetic leg — and a promise to pay for an athletic coaching prosthesis within the fall as soon as Ruiz will get used to this one.
Ruiz, who wears No. 9 as a result of he’s such an enormous fan of Brees, had his left leg amputated under the knee in February due to a extreme knee harm he suffered on the sector final fall whereas enjoying for Linfield Christian Excessive College in Temecula, California.
“It was a very emotional presentation and really exciting for everyone in our league to be a part of it,” mentioned Brees, who stunned Ruiz on Friday by means of the Soccer ‘N’ America flag soccer league that he co-founded in Louisiana final yr and expanded to San Diego this spring.
Ruiz’s household had saved the shock secret for weeks.
“If there’s anything above cloud nine, that’s where I’m at right now,” the 17-year-old instructed native reporters after spending time with Brees — and even throwing him a cross.
Brees mentioned his FNA league identifies native charities with which to work. And this time it selected the Challenged Athletes Basis, which chosen Ruiz — who is decided to stay a aggressive athlete.
However because it turned out, it wasn’t the primary time Brees had reached out to Ruiz. Brees mentioned a good friend of his in Temecula referred to as him in the course of the Saints’ season and instructed him about Ruiz, so Brees despatched a personalised jersey to Ruiz.
“In the back of my mind, I said to myself, ‘I hope I get a chance to meet this young man someday,'” Brees recalled. “Alex has suffered an extended and really troublesome street however has remained so optimistic and insists this set of circumstances won’t maintain him again. He nonetheless has loftier objectives than ever for his athletic profession and past. We wished to assist his goals come true.
“That is what it is all about — offering the most effective household expertise we will by means of our FNA flag soccer leagues and connecting with the communities wherein we play.”