Zack Golditch was a symbol of inspiration and hope for a battered Aurora community in the days and weeks following a tragedy.
A cameraman from CBS Sports follows Gateway football players as they enter the field before a game against Rangeview on Oct. 12, 2012. Senior lineman Zack Golditch, who had a stray bullet pass through his neck in the July 20 shooting at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora when a gunman opened fire and killed 12 people and injured 70 others. Several of Golditch's football teammates were in the theater as well. The team will be featured by CBS Sports prior to the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Gateway senior Zack Golditch (60) celebrates a sack during the Olys' game against Northglenn on Sept. 7, 2012. Golditch was among several Gateway football players were in the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora when a gunman opened fire and killed 12 people and injured 70 others. A stray bullet pass through his neck, but the Colorado State recruit recovered and led the team to a 7-3 season. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Golditch was one of 70 injured in the July 20 shootings at the Century 16 theater, an attack that also claimed 12 lives. Hours after a stray bullet passed through Golditch’s neck, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Gateway High School senior lineman wanted to show up for football practice with his fellow Olympians, despite the protests of his mother.
It was a story of determination that caught the attention of producers from CBS Sports. A segment about Golditch’s injury, recovery and determination will air as part of the “Super Bowl Today” pre-game show on Sunday before the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers play Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. The pre-game show is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. MT.
Golditch, who is set to sign his national athletic letter of intent with Colorado State University this week, started the team’s full regimen of training exercises a little more than a month after the shootings. He went on to play a major role in helping the Olys to a 7-3 record and home game in the Class 5A state playoffs. (Check out Sports Editor Courtney Oakes’ features about Golditch here and here.)
According to a summary of the program provided by CBS, the pre-game show will focus generally on the Gateway football team, and more specifically on Golditch’s recovery and resilience.
Those qualities were hard to miss in the first hours and days after the tragedy, when Golditch did his best to be there for his teammates.
“He said ‘just because I have a gunshot wound, doesn’t mean I can’t go to practice,’” Christine Welch-Golditch told the Aurora Sentinel about her son in July. “That’s just the way Zack is, he wanted to show others that there’s no reason they shouldn’t come to practice.’”
The official summary from CBS Sports follows.
Producer: Pete Radovich
On July 20, 2012, a deranged gunman entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colo, and opened fire. By the time he was finished, 12 people were dead, and 58 others were injured. Among those wounded, rising senior Zack Golditch of nearby Gateway High School. Shot through the neck, the 6-foot-5, 260 pound, 17-year-old became a symbol of strength and recovery as he fought his way back onto the football field.