BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots have named Boston Police Officer John Moynihan as the team’s honorary captain for Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Officer Moynihan was shot in the face at point-blank range in March by a convicted felon during a traffic stop in Roxbury.

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Moynihan was initially placed into a medically induced coma after the shooting. Patriots CEO and Chairman Robert Kraft visited Moynihan in the hospital while he recovered from several surgeries.

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During the visit, Kraft invited Moynihan to the season opener as his special guest and the team’s honorary captain. The organization says Moynihan is “a local hero and true patriot.”

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Moynihan is a decorated officer and former Army Ranger who was honored at the White House for his role in saving the life of Transit Officer Dic Donohue, who was injured during a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers.