January 28, 2019
On the night of May 7, 2007 upon returning from a memorial service for two of his brigade soldiers in Iraq, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack cost Greg Gadson both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand.
As a former athlete, life was about living in the present and up to your own personal best. Gadson's philosophy is this, "When you put effort into being your best every day, you start to build character - it becomes who you are and you know of no other way." Refusing to be defined by the proverbial "hail of bullets," he has since drawn upon the lessons of Pride, Poise and Team, learned as a West Point linebacker, and applied them to his life, career and family.
As fate would have it, one of his West Point classmates, New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin, gave Gadson a call and asked if he would speak to the struggling team in the Fall of 2007. "I talked to the team and shared with them about effort and staying in the moment and doing the best you can every day because tomorrow is not promised." The Giants rallied through the rest of their season and went on to win Super Bowl 42. They gave Gadson credit for their winning streak and he has two Super Bowl rings to prove it.
25-year career Army officer Col. Gadson’s life is the embodiment of leadership that perseveres amidst facing tremendous personal challenge. Greg is a passionate advocate for wounded warriors, veterans and those with disabilities. He appeared in the movie “Battleship” in 2012, portraying a wounded veteran. He is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity and he continues to share his message of service, teamwork, duty, perseverance and faith as an inspiration to others.
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