Chris Tutwiler got an unexpected early birthday surprise on Saturday.
Joe Theismann, the former two-time all-NFL quarterback for the Washington Redskins, sent a letter to Tutwiler, whose promising high school football career was ended during the preseason this year.
Tutwiler was the starting quarterback at Green Hope High before breaking the fibia and tibula in his leg in a preseason scrimmage against Millbrook. The compound fracture and the resulting surgery means Tutwiler will not play football during his senior season.
Theismann had a similar injury while playing against the New York Giants in 1985. The injury ended his career.
Joe Theismann writing Chris is unbelievable, said Suzanne Tutwiler, Chris mother. To get a hand-written personal letter is amazing.
Tutwiler and Theismann share Sept. 9 as their birthdays and Tutwiler is a Washington Redskins fan.
In the letter, Theismann joked that Tutwiler was carrying their similarities to an extreme by breaking his leg the same way.
Theismann said he knew Tutwiler felt he was facing a mountain to climb in rehabilitation and that closed doors often lead to other opportunities. The former NFL quarterback told the 17-year-old high school senior that there might be more football in his future and to continue to pursue his dreams.
It was the perfect letter, saying all the right things, Suzanne Tutwiler said.