Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan on Monday was joined by several of his teammates and team officials at the 10th-annual Leukemia Golf Classic at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va.*
For the past four years, Ryan Kerrigan has been more than willing to participate in the annual Leukemia Golf Classic, helping raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
But on Monday, the standout outside linebacker found himself as the namesake of the event for the first time in its now-10 year history.
Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan headed up the 10th-annual Leukemia Golf Classic Monday, May 11, 2015, at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va.
Held this year at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va., the Ryan Kerrigan Leukemia Golf Classic was a huge success, as the Purdue product was joined on the links by several of his teammates, coaches and Redskins front office personnel to play a round for a great cause.
"I'm excited to be a part of this now," Kerrigan said. "I've been a part of this golf tourney here since I've been out here with the Redskins, but getting to be the name on the event is a pretty cool deal."
Kerrigan said he learned the Leukemia Golf Classic hosting ropes from former namesake and fellow outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who is now a member of the Tennessee Titans.
When Larry Michael, the Voice of the Redskins and honorary chair of the event, asked him to consider taking over hosting duties, Kerrigan said the decision was a "no-brainer."
"I just wanted to get involved with this, and I know how much it means to the team and to the community," he said. "So it was an easy decision for me."
Each Leukemia Golf Classic features patient hero, whose story serves as an inspiration and as the direct meaning behind the tournament: to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
This year's patient hero is leukemia survivor Anthony Mewborn, 9, a huge Redskins fan who was diagnosed with PH ALL on July 12, 2011, and completed chemo on April 27, 2014.
Mewborn wore Kerrigan's No. 91 Redskins jersey to Monday's Leukemia Golf Classic, and said the pass rusher – who had a career-best 13.5 sacks in 2014 – is his favorite player on the defensive side of the ball.
"It was really cool to meet him and kind of talk about his experience, not only battling leukemia but overcoming it," Kerrigan said of Mewborn. "It's pretty cool to see such a young guy being so resilient like he is."
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