Sharing his Second Chance with One Patient at a Time

As the third most accurate placekicker in NFL history at the time of his retirement, Rolf Benirschke had an illustrious 10-year career with the San Diego Chargers from 1977 to 1986. It was made more remarkable because in his second season, Rolf was struck with ulcerative colitis, a painful and debilitating intestinal illness that required major abdominal surgery the following season, and nearly cost him his life.

It was Rolf’s faith, personal drive, family and teammates that encouraged him through those darkest hours and aided in his triumphant and improbable return to the NFL. Rolf Benirschke’s journey is a story of courage, hope, and determination that demonstrates the power of the human spirit and how devastating circumstances can be turned into an incredible opportunity.