San Francisco 49ers free safety Adrian Colbert will return from a high ankle sprain to compete for the starting free safety job in 2019, but the sprain is nothing compared to the injury he suffered as a 9-year old. Colbert was riding his bike after a football game when he got hit by a car. First responders arrived and he was rushed to the hospital, where he remained in a coma for a week. He eventually recovered and returned to playing, and you can read more about it here and here.
Colbert is taking part in a campaign with Verizon to honor First Responders and raise money in support of them. The video above is part of a campaign called “The Team that Wouldn’t Be Here.” The idea being that without First Responders, Colbert (and others) would not be alive today. The campaign will have a separate commercial that will air during the NFC and AFC Championship Games this weekend, and then another commercial during the Super Bowl.
They are raising money for First Responders Outreach, which is part of the Gary Sinise Foundation. The money will, “provide help to critical funding for emergency relief, training, and essential equipment to ensure these heroes perform to the best of their abilities.”
If you hadn’t seen Colbert’s story before, give it a watch. Additionally, between January 18 and February 3, 2019, every time someone shares any Verizon social post with #AllOurThanks on Facebook or Twitter, or posts on Twitter with #AllOurThanks, Verizon will donate $1, up to $1.5 Million, to First Responder Outreach.