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Sean Karpf - Jaguars 2020 STS Nominee

Sean Karpf (Team Strength and Conditioning Coordinator)

Prior to joining the Jacksonville Jaguars as a strength and conditioning associate, Sean Karpf served in the United States Army from 2007-13, where he was a sergeant and squad leader for the 82nd Airborne Division. While serving in Afghanistan, Karpf lost his lower left leg after stepping on a pressure plate in 2012 on a mission. He continued to lead his squad despite consistent machinegun fire from Taliban insurgents, prior to being evacuated via helicopter. He would go on to spent over a year at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center rehabbing his injuries, while undergoing over 20 surgeries. For his bravery and service in defending our country, Karpf was awarded a Purple Heart. Karpf first started his journey with the Jaguars as an intern through the Wounded Warrior Project. The program allowed him to take college courses and complete an internship in the local community. Throughout his internship, Karpf impressed both players and coaches with his positive attitude and incredible work ethic. As Karpf was saying his goodbyes on his last day, he was asked to stay on as a full-time employee on the team's strength staff. He continues to participate in team initiatives that support our local military community. Last year during Salute to Service, Karpf was one of the volunteers who helped put together more than 1,000 care packages for our troops deployed overseas. He also continues to volunteer with Wounded Warrior Project, knowing firsthand how their work can change lives, just like it did for him.