Aroura shooting survivor makes it to NFL

Colorado State grad goes undrafted to Los Angeles Chargers

Stony Hooker, Features Editor

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Zack Golditch might not be a name that rings any bell since he wasn’t selected in the 2018 NFL draft, but he’s still going to get an opportunity to prove himself after he was signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Six years ago, Golditch probably thought this moment would never happen because he had a bullet wound that could’ve taken his life. It all played out in 2012 with the horrendous mass shooting during the Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado.

By the time Golditch heard the gun shots that night, he found himself already shot in the neck, but he survived that night. Twelve others did not make it out alive, along with 70 others being injured as a result of the incident.

“I never stopped and realized this is part of my story,” Golditch said to USA Today. “I shouldn’t push that away, because what I hold on to right now is a story, not just about myself, but about everyone else. I can carry that and represent them through what I do now and how I carry myself. I have to embrace it.”

Golditch was just 17-years-old when he went to the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20.

I was a 17-year-old kid going to see a movie, next thing you know I might not have come home that night. For me to still be able to play football, to be able to be a normal person and an able-bodied person is great…I take nothing for granted. This opportunity to continue to live my life today is amazing.

While he may have a long road ahead of him, Golditch could become another big name in the NFL, joining the likes of Kurt Warner, Antonio Gates, Rod Smith, and James Harrison as Hall of Fame caliber undrafted talent. Also, on the LA Chargers is East Lake’s own Artavis Scott. Only time will tell if these two will grow into successful NFL talent.

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