(WTXL) — Quincy native and Super Bowl 37 MVP Dexter Jackson surprised an injured veteran and wounded warrior with two Super Bowl tickets on Monday afternoon.
According to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive back gave Mike Delancey Super Bowl tickets in Pinellas Park.
Delancey is a wounded warrior who also his own charity to allow injured veterans to experience a variety of recreational activities in a safe and reflective environment.
On September 1, 2006, during his second deployment in Haditha, Iraq, he was shot by a sniper. The bullet hit his spine. He was in the intensive care unit for 42 days and then transferred to a hospital in Tampa, Florida to be closer to family.
That's when Delancey learned about WWP.
‘‘They helped me when the stress of recovery was at its greatest by providing opportunities for me and my father --- my caregiver --- to get away," said Delancey. "We’ve participated in Soldier Ride®, gone on fishing trips, and met my favorite baseball players at a Tampa Bay Rays batting practice.’’
Now, Delancey will get to go to Super Bowl 54 thanks to a longstanding partnership between the NFL and WWP, which includes support through the Salute to Service campaign and WWP’s Soldier Ride physical health and wellness program.
Super Bowl 54 will be held on Feb. 2 in Miami.
To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project click here.