Col. Greg Gadson’s inspires working with the Challenged Athletes Foundation
From tragedy to triumph, Col. Greg Gadson is example in the power of possibility. Serving out country in the Middle East, Gadson lost both his legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand. Despite this, Gadson remained on active duty in the Army and continued to inspire many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination and teamwork. His inspiration earned him two Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants and made his acting debut in 2012 in Battleship. Gadson is now involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation where “heroes of sport show us what we can achieve when we empower everyone.” Check out Gadson’s story and the mission of CAF.
War Hero and Double-Amputee Greg Gadson Inspires with the Challenged Athletes Foundation
"I described the moment where I said 'I can't take this anymore. I quit'. I remember crawling up in a corner in my room and just pushed away my family--rejected my family. I just didn't want to be a burden on anyone. I think that's the other part you find out about yourself. One of things I emphasize with people is that you live you life and build your character of who you are everyday.
"If I don't get it, it's there loss. There's so many factors. If they don't want an accent and I went with my best accent, okay. That's out of my control at that moment. If I look like the ex-girlfriend of somebody and they don't want to hire me, I have zero control over that. There are so many factors that, honestly, I just don't take it personally. It's not up to me."
"If you're not nervous, that's a problem...Pressure is a privilege. I think that may have been Billie Jean King. And to really understand that and get after it, it's really important. And I think there's a balance, too. Of recognizing you are enough, too. And that's what Jenna Fischer talks about in her book that sometimes you don't have to be over the top--that you are enough."
"My mom would take me and my sister on picnics and she thought it was a nice place to sit and have lunch...and she would take us to graveyards and we would just sit and eat outside the graveyard...we weren't visiting Uncle so-and-so who we miss and love. Nothing like that. It was just a place outdoors to chill and I'd walk around the graveyard thinking "Man, this is fascinating yet scary. There was something very creep about it.
"We had two and half minutes to talk. None of the coaches did for about two minutes and 20 seconds. And then I kind of realized what we needed to do. And I said to the team, 'Gentlemen, we need to score." And we broke and went out and ended up winning the game. So it just goes to show you how important coaching is. You have to be technically very sound."