Sgt. Lisa Crutch has been a Philadelphia Eagles fan her entire life. On Veterans Day, the Army veteran was surprised with an inspiring message from the squad’s quarterback, Carson Wentz.
“Some people, as athletes, call us heroes but I don’t like when people say that because it’s people like you that are willing to really sacrifice and give of themselves in a real way that are the real heroes,” Wentz told her.
According to CBS, Crutch was in the Army for eight years and deployed to Iraq for a period. When she was discharged, she returned home with the invisible scars of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
She was honored by Wentz’ message, which was coordinated as part of the NFL’s “Salute to Service” campaign.
The Zoom call went something like this:
Wentz: “Hello, Lisa! How are you?”
Wentz: “We just wanted to say thank you for your service, not only when you were in the Army, but also what you’re doing in the Wounded Warrior Project. Some people call us as athletes heroes, but I don’t like when people say that because it’s people like you that are willing to really sacrifice and give of themselves in a real way that are the real heroes.”
Crutch: “Thank you. Oh my gosh, this was the biggest surprise. My favorite quarterback! Oh my gosh!”
Wentz: “Thank you so much, and God bless.”
“Just the fact that he would just take time to even — even if he would’ve just sat there and waved and said, ‘Hey Lisa, thanks for your service,’ that would’ve been way, way more than enough. Carson Wentz is my favorite player, hands down. Fly, Eagles, fly!” Crutch said.
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