Iraq war hero and double amputee Lt. Col. Greg Gadson — whose bravery helped inspire the New York Giants to their last Super Bowl victory — recently became the first person in the world to land a pair of super-high-tech prosthetic legs that practically think for themselves.
Gadson was made an honorary co-captain of the team and credited as a driving force behind Big Blue's success.
And, at the next Super Bowl, he hopes to be jumping for joy — literally.
"I was in a wheelchair last time," he said. "Next time, hopefully I'll be up there with the team."
Gadson — who lost both legs above the knee when his convoy was hit by a roadside bomb two years ago — has been fitted with the Power Knee, a revolutionary, battery-powered prosthetic developed by Icelandic company Ossur.
"(The prosthetic's) intelligent," Gadson said last week from his home in Virginia. "It gauges my weight, my speed . . . It's the closest thing to normal legs that I've experienced."
Gadson, who is still in the Army, got his legs last month. Already, he can walk a mile. The next step is to walk with the aid of one cane instead of two. Then he wants to tackle stairs.
"That's what drives me. I'm taking on my own challenges and trying to live as good a kind of life as I can.
"Whatever happened to me in the past, I now accept it."