On Saturday morning, members of the Langley football team learned via a group text that one of their teammates, Hans Vollmecke, was involved in a serious, single-vehicle crash the evening before. Vollmecke said he lost control of his truck in rainy conditions on Georgetown Pike, drove off the road and lost consciousness after hitting a tree. The 17-year-old junior safety suffered a concussion, a broken pelvis, bruised lungs and torn shoulder ligaments. He said it took responders an hour to extricate him from his totaled truck.
Told they couldn’t visit Vollmecke in the ICU, his teammates began brainstorming ways to cheer him up when he was discharged from the hospital. Fellow junior Bennett Norris reached out to Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins’s marketing representative, Luke Munson, whose email address is listed in Cousins’s Twitter bio. Norris told Munson about the accident and that Vollmecke is the biggest Cousins fan he knows. A couple of days later, Norris was “astounded” to receive a personalized video message from Cousins to Vollmecke.
On Tuesday, Norris and other juniors on the Langley football team visited Vollmecke at his house. They presented him with a football signed by every member of the team, but the real surprise was the video.
“No way,” Vollmecke said upon opening a laptop to find Cousins’s face on the screen and being told to hit play.
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“Hey Hans, this is Kirk Cousins from the Redskins,” Cousins says. “I got news of your accident and my heart goes out to you. I’m praying for you. Stay tough. I want to wish you all the best as you recover and I know your guys at Langley are supporting you and standing with you every step of the way. We’re going to try to give you a great season this fall with the Redskins to give you something to cheer about. Best of luck, man.”
As his teammates cheered, Vollmecke rubbed his head in disbelief.
“I’m still shocked that he would actually do that,” Vollmecke told The Post on Thursday. “You don’t expect a lot from people like that, especially being one of my favorite players. He took time, he made that video. It was heartfelt, too. I’m still shocked today, and I will be forever, that a professional football player making millions of dollars would make a video like that.”
Vollmecke, who is in a wheelchair and still experiencing lingering effects from his concussion, said doctors told him his recovery could take six to 12 weeks. He’s unsure if he’ll be able to play football in the fall as a senior, but said he knows he’s lucky — “too lucky” — to not have been more seriously injured. He added that Cousins’s video cemented the quarterback’s status as his favorite player, and one he hopes remains in Washington beyond this season.
“He better stay,” Vollmecke said. “We definitely need him, I’ll say that.”
(Thanks to @CamAyoub21)