Former Iowa safety Brett Greenwood continues his road to recovery after suffering an axonic brain injury in September of 2011 that caused him to slip in a coma for 27 days. He's still fighting and working his way back, and never goes a day without showing the work ethic, resilience, and perseverance we all wish to exude in our lives. The adversity he's overcome is inspiring for everyone, and amazing to see.
Greenwood was an integral part of the Iowa football program, and the Hawkeyes are better for having him as part of the fabric that defines them.
His recovery to date is nothing short of magnificent, and it will take another step on Saturday under the lights in Kinnick Stadium and presumably in front of 70,000 strong, as well as thousands more that will watch on television.
Greenwood has been named the honorary captain for this Saturday's tilt against Pittsburgh. His progress in being able to walk has been well documented. He's received plenty of assistance from the University of Iowa, specifically the strength and conditioning team lead by coach Chris Doyle. Not only Doyle, former Hawkeye Pat Angerer has also taken an active role in the rehabilitation of the Iowa star.
As honorary captain, Greenwood will join the four other captains (Austin Blythe, C.J. Beathard, Jordan Lomax, and Drew Ott) and walk to midfield for the coin toss moments before kickoff. To see how far he's come will be comforting and a touching moment for everyone in attendance and watching from afar, and it will be sure to have the atmosphere inside Kinnick Stadium at a fever pitch. The decibel level inside the stadium could reach an all-time high for this moment, and I'm anxious to take in the moment myself.
It will be a symbol of perseverance, fight, work ethic, resilience, and a prime example to never give up.
We'll all be watching, Brett. Congratulations to you. Use this as a springboard to make even more progress.