CHARLOTTE – Christian McCaffrey is helping a military veteran enjoy an unforgettable experience: the chance to attend Super Bowl LIII and to meet the Panthers running back in the process.
McCaffrey has teamed with NFL Salute to Service partner USAA and the Wounded Warrior Project to send former Army Sgt. Alex Somerson and his wife to the Super Bowl in Atlanta. On the eve of the game, they'll meet McCaffrey in USAA's Salute to Service Lounge – a space open to current military, veterans, and their families that will feature NFL players, coaches, personalities, and legends.
"Teaming up with USAA and the Wounded Warrior Project to award a trip to the Super Bowl to a military veteran is a special honor," McCaffrey said. "I am very much looking forward to meeting Sergeant Alex Somerson and his wife in Atlanta at the Super Bowl and personally thank both of them for their service to our country."
Somerson lives in the Panthers footprint. The Mooresville, N.C., resident served from 2004-2009 and was twice deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his service, he earned the Combat Infantry Badge. Upon returning home, Alex was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has been involved with Wounded Warrior Project since 2011.
McCaffrey also participated in the program as a rookie. USAA will coordinate similar efforts with other players around the league.