INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (CBS Houston) — It was a Super Bowl of a different kind in Indianapolis Wednesday night as NFL alumni took on Wounded Warrior veterans in a flag football game.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Sports Team configures of veterans who lost a limb in Iraq or Afghanistan.
One of the heroes playing last night was 22-year-old Marine Josh Wege of Campbellsport, Wis., who lost both his legs at 19 years old from an IED in Afghanistan in 2009.
“Our vehicle rolled over an IED,” Wege told CBS Houston. It went off right under me … took both my legs as a result.”
Wege, who was 19 at the time, woke up after the explosion to see that he lost his legs.
Lying in a hospital bed, Wege wondered what the rest of his life would be like. Family and friends kept telling Wege that despite what happened, he would be able to get back to doing everything he used to do with the help of prosthetics.
“I saw the catastrophe that [resulted] from that,” he told CBS Houston. “From there it’s just survival.”
He won a gold medal at the 2010 Warrior Games in the 100-meter dash, one year after losing his legs.
Wege told CBS Houston that those 100 meters loomed large in his mind but discovered taking the first step simply set the rest in easy motion.
“That was way easier than I thought it was going to be,” he said.
Proceeds from last night’s game went to the Wounded Warriors Amputee Sports Team.