National Grateful patients day with the Grateful Patient Project

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Following his NFL career, Rolf Benirschke became CEO of Legacy Health Strategies, a patient engagement company, and founded The Grateful Patient Project.

During Rolf Benirschke’s third season as a placekicker in the NFL was cut short when he collapsed on a cross-country team flight while battling ulcerative colitis.

He would undergo two emergency surgeries within six days and his life would hang in the balance for the six weeks he remained in the intensive care unit. After surviving, he made a miraculous comeback to play seven more seasons with the San Diego Chargers, becoming the first player ever to wear an ostomy bag in the NFL.

He would earn numerous honors including being named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, NFL Comeback Player of the Year, play in the Pro Bowl and be inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame.

Benirschke now works tirelessly as a patient advocate who is active in supporting legislation that encourages research and innovation and protects patients.

To learn more about The Grateful Patient Project click here.

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