New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees gave teenager Alex Ruiz the kind of gift that will change his life forever.
At a flag football game in Del Mar, California last week, Brees presented Ruiz with a prosthetic leg, KGTV in San Diego reported.
“Surprise,” Brees said to Ruiz in a video of the event. “We would like to present to you with your walking prosthetic leg. But not just this, but we are committing to you that in the fall once you get the hang of this and you’re ready to start running, competing and training again, we’re going to get you your athletic training prosthetic, as well.”
Ruiz reportedly suffered a severe right leg injury while playing quarterback at Linfield Christian High School in October 2017, resulting in the amputation of his leg below the knee.
Ruiz told KGTV he was overjoyed by Brees’ generosity.
“If there’s anything above cloud nine, that’s where I’m at right now,” he said.
Ruiz was even further touched when Brees ran routes as the two played a game of catch together. Brees said he hopes the prosthetic leg will allow Ruiz to play competitive football again someday.
“It’s going to allow him to walk around, get around, and then eventually get to the point where he’s able to play football again,” Brees continued. “Because ask him right now and there’s no denying the look in his eye that that’s what he wants to do.