U.S. Army Specialist Brian “Bucky” Anderson was killed by an IED during a routine patrol in Afghanistan in 2010.
Prior to joining the armed forces and making the ultimate sacrifice for his country, Bucky was an all-district football player at Broadway High School in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Every year, the last game of the season at Broadway is reserved to honor the fallen soldier.
During a Today Show segment, the football coach urged his team prior to the game to “play like Bucky.”
“We will never, ever repay him for what he gave to this country,” the coach told his team. “But we’re sure as heck going to try tonight by how hard we play.”
His mother, Margaret Anderson, told the team after the game that he “would have been proud” of how they played.
She said that the coach deserved a thank you for what he does to honor Bucky’s memory.
One NFL legend thought they both – coach and mom – deserved a thank you for everything they’ve done to honor a true American hero.
Via the Blaze:
It was already a week to remember for Margaret Anderson.
She watched as the Broadway High School football team played in honor of her son, a fallen soldier killed while serving his country in Afghanistan in 2010. Head coach Brad Lutz made it so every year the last game of the season is reserved specifically to honor Army Spc. Brian “Bucky” Anderson, a real hometown hero in the Harrisonburg, Virginia, area.
Little did she know, there was a much bigger surprise in store.
As Anderson spoke with the head coach at her home about the importance of remembering her son and also Brett Favre, her favorite NFL football player, someone snuck into her home.
“Anyone home?” Favre interrupted.
The moment will leave even the most jaded of fans cheering for Favre, and to quote the great Chris Berman, “rooting for Favre is like rooting for America.”
And so is rooting for Bucky and his family.
Watch the incredible moment (below) as Brett Favre walked into their living room:
Favre was honored himself earlier this year, as the legend’s jersey number was retired at Lambeau Field alongside another Green Bay legend, Bart Starr.
This tribute page says that Bucky Anderson’s awards and decorations during his Army career include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
Thank you, Bucky. Thank you Bucky’s mom. Thank you to the Broadway High School football team. And thank you, Brett Favre.
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