(CBS)–Burgundy and Gold linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who made the winning sack on Sunday, was in the hospital on Monday, but it’s not what you think.
He flew back from Philadelphia in time to spread some holiday cheer at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children.
“Ready to go kick some butt?”
Kerrigan sacked the Eagle’s quarterback to seal the Redskin’s win in on Sunday. On Monday, he was all warm and fuzzy.
“I’ll pick out two very special hearts,” said Kerrigan as he reached into a bucket and pulled out two red plush hearts.”
Kerrigan’s foundation, Blitz for the Better, gave Build-A-Bears to sick children at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children.
“For children who are here they can’t go anywhere. They’re stuck. Scarred. Sick. [My daughter] has been so excited [to see Kerrigan.] She can’t wait,” said Amanda Espinola about her seven year old daughter Juliana. She watched Kerrigan dress her new bear in a Redskins uniform, complete with a helmet.
They aren’t your average bears. They are Ryan Kerrigan Bears and they talk in his voice when you squeeze their left paw: “This is Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan for the Washington Redskins. Just like I have fans to support me on the field, I’m here to support you. Always remember I’m your fan, too!”
Kerrigan was all smiles handing out the personalized bears to every child who wanted one.
“It’s pretty cool. I know the kids are going to get a good kick out of it, so that’s all that matters,” said Kerrigan.
Andrew Mayes whose son is fighting a tough virus says they’re both huge Redskin fans and even have a Kerrigan jersey. He and his son were thrilled to see Kerrigan in person and spend some time with him.
“He’s always been a favorite player just from hearing about him. The thought that he was here and we get to meet him…it’s just, and what he did for my son and the other little kids, it’s just…he was already number one and upped it even more,” said Mayes.
Unless Redskins are playing in a Monday night football game, Mondays are the only free day they have. But Kerrigan flew back from Philadelphia in time for the Inova event at noon and was scheduled for a second charity event in the evening.
‘I’m surprised that he’s even here. He got beat up all day yesterday for about 90 minutes, flies down here and has time for the kids? So that’s special. It says a lot about him,” said Jaime Cagigas, the grandfather of Juliana Espinola. He had the whole family watching the Skins-Eagles game from Julian’s hospital room on Sunday.
“It makes it a lot better when you’re coming in after a win. That’s for sure because everybody is even more excited. It just makes the event even better,” said Kerrigan. He told WUSA9 that he was pretty sore but wouldn’t miss seeing the kids.
The primary focus of Kerrigan’s Blitz for the Better Foundation is to provide support and encouragement to seriously ill, physically challenged and special need children and their families.