There is a time when playing football can be used as an escape from reality. For Colorado State recruit Zach Golditch, a return to the grind of high school football is a welcome change from his recent experience.
On July 20, Golditch, a rising senior at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado, went to the midnight premiere of the Dark Knight Rises with all of his friends. What he didn’t know was that his life was about to be turned upside down.
In one of the biggest mass shootings in American history, where 58 people were injured and 12 people were killed, Golditch was struck directly in the side of his neck by a stray bullet from the next theater over. He was able to run out of the theater, bleeding from his bullet wound, to safety. Miraculously, the bullet that struck Golditch in the neck passed directly through one side and out the other, only brushing a nerve, and making a clean exit.
Golditch has now recovered from the attack and has begun participating in full preseason high school football activities. From the picture above you can see the large patch on one side of his neck where the bullet hit him but despite the wounds, the offensive tackle is excited to get going full speed again. It may take some more time for his physical wounds to completely heal but his emotional wounds are being cured by a return to his normal life, which is dominated by football.
Despite everything he just went through, according to his coach, all Golditch could think of while in the hospital the night of the shooting was the possibility of missing a weight-lifting session the next morning. It’s hard for anybody to recover from such a traumatic incident but he sees football as an escape and rightfully so.
He’s looking forward to a return to his normal routine, which includes a return to playing under the lights every friday night with his team. After this season he will be suiting up for new head coach Jim McElwain and the rest of the Colorado State Rams and they will be excited to welcome him to their program in 2013.
You have to admire the strength of not only Golditch, but the rest of the victims from that infamous night in Aurora, Colorado. But now all anyone can do is move on and live their life to the fullest and it seems that Golditch is well on his way to doing just that.