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Wounded Warriors Enjoy Sideline Pass

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 4, 2013 – 3:37 pm


As Niles Paul, Roy Helu Jr., Aldrick Robinson and Evan Royster jogged out of the tunnel onto the turf of FedExField Sunday afternoon, they each paused their pregame routine to visit with Rebecca Fletcher on the back border of the end zone .

A Maryland resident and lifelong Redskins fan, Fletcher was struck by the scenario. She had been to NFL games before, but never touched the field.

Thanks to the Maryland Patriot Guard, the wounded warrior Marine formerly stationed in California and Okinawa, Japan, attended the 30-24 overtime win against San Diego. Before heading up to a private suite donated to the group of veterans, Fletcher collected signatures in the west end zone.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” she said. “Very surreal, the players being this close and being able to call them over for autographs.”

Fletcher said she watched warm-ups to see how she could adapt parts of the game.

“As Wounded Warriors, we’re always looking to do different adaptive sports, so regardless of the sport we find a way to do it, whether we’re in a wheelchair or whatever it is that we have,” Fletcher said.

“It’s fun, because you get to learn a lot about the sport, and then you can take it back and learn to practice it yourself.”

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