An Indiana Marine has gone from the battlefield to the football field and now he's a published author, too.
In October 2006, 27-year-old Joshua Bleill lost both of his legs in Iraq because of an IED. He spent nearly 2 years learning how to walk again.
"We were in the city of Fallujah, Iraq, searching down vehicles, doing combat patrols in a Humvee," Bleill. "It left me with the loss of both my legs and unfortunately I lost two of my good friends. At that point I thought my life was over."
But thanks to physical therapy and a lot of support, Josh got through it. While he was at Walter Reed in Washington, D.C., the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay, stopped by and changed his life forever.
"It was amazing," Bleill said. "I got to meet the owner Mr. Jim Irsay and he made me two promises. He said one, when you come home, I'll fly you home, and when you get there you come see me about a job."
The Indianapolis Colts hired Bleill as a community spokesperson. He talks to various groups, including schools, about his experiences.
He's also published a book, along with co-author Mark Tabb, called "One Step at a Time: A Young Marine's Story of Courage, Hope and a New Life in the NFL" about his time in Iraq and now his time with the Colts.
"It was hard to relive some of those moments but it's nice not only to tell my story but to tell thousands of other men and women's who've gone through a similar situation," Bleill said.
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