Alumni Stories

Lt. Col. Gregory Gadson (G’09)

2nd Battalion 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, U.S. Army
Honorary Co-Captain for the New York Giants, Super Bowl XLII

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Lt. Col. Gregory Gadson

In 2007, Army Lt. Col. Gadson was critically wounded by an improvised explosive device while serving in Iraq. Here, Lt. Col. Gadson tells his story and shares what he’s learned, lessons of faith and perseverance. During a rehabilitation stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Lt. Col. Gadson decided that attending graduate school at Georgetown would be part of his recovery plan. He was the first person to try Power Knees, the latest in prosthetic technology.

A few months after losing both legs and suffering severe injuries to his right arm, former West Point football player Lt. Col. Gadson was walking with Power Knees and playing a key support role to the New York Giants. After their 0-2 season start, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin invited Gadson to meet with the team and talk to them about “service, duty, perseverance and adversity.” For his example of leadership, courage and camaraderie, Gadson was named honorary co-captain of the Giants, who went on to win that year’s Super Bowl.

Additional Resources

Washington Post
“Testing Power Knees”
April 16, 2009
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2009/04/16/VI2009041604733.html

NY Daily News
“Lieutenant colonel Greg Gadson is Giants’ inspirational co-captain”
Jan. 21, 2008
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/2008/01/22/2008-01-22_lieutenant_colonel_greg_gadson_is_giants.html

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