National Signing Day was loaded with great story lines that kept things interesting during the eleven hours of coverage, but one of the most inspirational stories of the day did not receive the national attention that it should have.
In Fort Collins, Colorado on Wednesday, the Colorado State Rams received a fax from offensive line recruit Zack Goldich. Goldich had previously committed to the Rams, but it was his journey to National Signing Day that is inspirational and should teach every young man or woman to never give up.
Goldich was a victim of the tragic Aurora theater shooting on July 20, 2012.
The Gateway High School recruit was shot in the neck, but he never gave up on his dream and worked his way back to a Division I scholarship.
“It’s not a typical thing that happens at this school and I think it’s special and I’m humbled that I get to go to a Division 1 college out of this school.” Golditch said, per Denver’s NBC 9News.
“I could’ve been paralyzed or died. I might have not been able to play football again, but now that it’s passed and I am able to I don’t really think about it.
“I’m grateful for it and everything coming together, it’s awesome and it’s truly incredible.”
It is unbelievable to see Goldich’s perseverance. He was so motivated to get back to 100 percent that he did not even miss a game during his recovery. In fact, Goldich did everything in his power to make it to all of his team’s workouts.
“He said ‘just because I have a gunshot wound, doesn’t mean I can’t go to practice’,” Goldich’s mother, Christine Welch-Golditch, said. “That’s just the way Zack is, he wanted to show others that there’s no reason they shouldn’t come to practice.”
His story truly is inspirational and it is great to see him have the opportunity to reach his dreams. Goldich is the kind of kid you have to root for and we are wishing him all the best.