It’s wounded amputee team, with Wisconsin native, vs. ex-NFL players
Sure, Jeremy Stengel loves the camaraderie of flag football.
But when he and the rest of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team take the field against a group of former NFL players this week, it’s game on.
All played football in high school; all lost limbs in Iraq or Afghanistan; all continue to stoke their competitive fires through the amputee football team.
Stengel and a few others from Wisconsin, along with wounded warriors from around the country, are flying to New Jersey on Tuesday for Wednesday’s game at an indoor arena in West Orange against the NFL alumni and 9-11 first responders. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Stengel played against former Green Bay Packers in a flag football game at St. Norbert College last August and in November traveled to Washington, D.C., to play against Washington Redskins alumni.
“That was pretty incredible. Just getting back out on a field and playing with a team again, that kind of made a lot of us feel whole again,” said Stengel, who lost his left leg below the knee to a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007.
Stengel’s father has Packers season tickets, so Stengel, 28, of Mukwonago, has gone to Lambeau Field since he was 4 or 5 years old. His favorite players are Reggie White and Brett Favre. When he played against the Packers alums last summer, he met Jerry Kramer and Dave Robinson from the team that played in the first two Super Bowls.