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Drew Brees gives new prosthesis to high school QB

17-year-old Alex Ruiz, who plays quarterback at Temecula, California, suffered a severe knee injury during a game and eventually had his left leg amputated below the knee in February.


Kahron Spearman


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees surprised high school quarterback Alex Ruiz last week by gifting him with a prosthetic leg.

 

The 17-year-old Ruiz, who plays quarterback at Linfield Christian High School in Temecula, California, suffered a severe knee injury during a game and eventually had his left leg amputated below the knee in February.

 

Ruiz' family managed to keep it a secret for weeks.

If there's anything above cloud nine, that's where I'm at right now.

Alex Ruiz
High school quarterback

Through his co-founded Football 'N' America flag football league, Brees chooses local charities to work with - this time, Challenged Athletes Foundation. 

 

Ruiz is determined to continue as a competitive athlete, and the new prosthetic will go a long way in his mission. 

 

"In the back of my mind, I said to myself, 'I hope I get a chance to meet this young man someday,'" Brees recalled after hearing about Ruiz's story through a friend, per ESPN. "Alex has suffered a long and very difficult road but has remained so positive and insists this set of circumstances will not hold him back. He still has loftier goals than ever for his athletic career and beyond. We wanted to help his dreams come true."

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