The Washington Redskins on Monday presented Jay Briseno Jr. — a veteran who was injured in Iraq in 2003 — with an autographed Joe Theismann jersey.
Briseno Jr. — who grew up in Manassas Park — is a lifelong Redskins fan.
A two-sport athlete in high school, Briseno Jr. decided to join the U.S. Army as a Civil Affairs Officer as a way to help pay for his college tuition at George Mason University.
During his first year at George Mason, Briseno Jr. was called into active duty to support Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.
In June 2003, Briseno Jr. was shot in the back of his neck by an Iraqi by-stander. The bullet would sever his spine and cause two cases of cardiac arrest. As a result of the shot, he is also blind, paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak or swallow.
At the unveiling of his new home — specially equipped to serve his needs — fullback Darrel Young, 80 Greatest Redskin Ed Simmons and the First Ladies of Football gave Briseno Jr. the jersey.
For more on the event, check out this article on Redskins.com now.
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