He calls being paralyzed an “adventure” and his positive spirit has caught the world’s attention along with these pretty huge celebrities!
Along with all of the hardships Jackson faced serving our country in Afghanistan was the fact that he was missing out watching his favorite team win the super bowl. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Colts while the whole world watched…well…most of the world. Jackson had to wait to find out.
A few days later was the celebration in New Orleans where Jacksons good friend, Brian, decided to attend with a very special plus one–a life sized cut out of Jackson. The next morning, Jackson woke up to find out he’d been tagged in over 70 pictures on Facebook, including one of his own personal hero, Drew Brees, holding his own cutout.
Jackson managed to make it back to the states safely and reunited with his hometown. Not long after returning he’d get the worst possible news, Brian was in a mountain biking accident and was paralyzed from the waist down.
He then knew came up with a way to TRY and pay back Brian for his incredible gesture to him. He showed up to the Saints training camp to get a picture taken with Drew Brees–the only catch was he wasn’t in the picture…a cut out of Brian was instead.
This story managed to go so viral that Ellen caught wind of it and did what she does best–surprises. Here’s the incredible surprise she planned for this incredible friendship: