Wounded veteran who inspired football Giants talks to Webster graduates

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  • Lieutenant Colonel Greg Gadson.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Greg Gadson.

KSDK -- NewsChannel 5's Rene Knott recently had the honor of meeting U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Greg Gadson, who helped to inspire the New York Giants to a Super Bowl victory.

Gadson didn't play, but his story touched their emotions.

May 7, 2007 changed Lt. Col. Gadson's life. His vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. He lived, but would have to continue on the road to recovery without his legs.

Gadson not only got his life back in order, his words became an inspiration to his favorite football team: the New York Giants.

After hearing from Gadson, the Giants went on a playoff tear, culminating with a win in Super Bowl XLII, upsetting the undefeated New England Patriots in the process. Gadson never took credit for the win, but the players said his spirit moved them.

These days, Lt. Col. Gadson uses his story to move others, like the 2010 graduates of Webster University. And despite his physical loss, he remains in the U.S. Army with no regrets; in fact, he would do it all over again.

Click the video player on the right side of the screen to hear Rene Knott's interview with Lt. Col. Greg Gadson.


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