In October of 2017, high school quarterback Alex Ruiz dislocated his knee and severed an artery after being tackled in a game. The injury cut-off blood flow to his leg for 11 hours leaving him with a difficult decision to make. He had to choose between keeping his leg and limping for the rest of his life or becoming an amputee and having the opportunity to return to sports with a running prosthetic. He chose to amputate his leg below the knee.
Throughout his journey, he created a friendship with Zach Miller, a Chicago Bears tight end who suffered the same injury shortly after Alex was injured. Then in May 2018, in front of dozens of people at a Football ‘N” America practice in California, Alex was surprised by his quarterback hero, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. Drew presented Alex with a new prosthetic leg on behalf Football ‘N’ America, the non-contact youth co-ed flag football league he started, and Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Watch the whole story narrated by Drew Brees on ESPN’s NFL Countdown which aired on Super Bowl Sunday morning.