Los Angeles – Jason Bressi, a 15-year-old starting quarterback, has a clear vision of what it takes to win on the field, even though he will never see it with his own eyes.
Bressie developed retinal cancer as a young child. By the time he was 7, he had lost his sight.
He loved other sports, but he really wanted to play football. Her parents respond: “No way!” Her father, also known as Jason Bressi, said. “How will it be possible for him to get out and play?”
Eventually, Bressie became his agent. “Once he got his phone, he thought about how to call the teams around the area and started asking the coaches,” said his father.
“The way he was on the phone, I just said, ‘Let’s find out.’
Bressi remembered every game and where every player should have been. He did so well that the coach made him a quarterback. “It’s all about memory. It’s all about trusting the player, the receiver and the team,” Bressi said. “I have to trust them 100%.”
Her father guides her with a walkie-talkie, which Bressie can hear through his helmet.
“I also don’t want any team to know I can’t see because they can make things easier for me,” he said.
He recently led the Riders to victory against one of the teams that turned him down. He says his ultimate goal is to reach the NFL.