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Matthew Bradford speaks to Kentucky football players

Matthew Bradford talked to UK's players Thursday.

Matthew Bradford talked to UK’s players Thursday.


Former Marine Matthew Bradford, who lost both legs and his eyesight when bomb exploded under him in Iraq in 2007 while he was on patrol, spoke to the Kentucky football team after practice Thursday.

Kentucky will celebrate Heroes’ Day Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium when police officers, firefighters and military members/veterans will be UK’s guests. Stoops had policemen out at practice Wednesday.

“We just wrapped up with Matthew Bradford talking to the team. It’s a real honor to have heroes like that here, and with the police and firefighters and everybody we’ve had this week. It’s been really good for our players to see them and just to invite people out to watch some practice. It’s been a nice week,” Stoops said.

Bradford, who is now a UK student and has always been a Kentucky fan, posted on Twitter that it was “an extreme honor” to speak to the UK football team and have a chance to meet the players.

Freshman linebacker Kash Daniel posted on Twitter: “@bionikmatt5. Very nice to meet you sir. Thank you for coming out and spending the day with us. #Oorah.” He also included a picture of an American flag.

Daniel and Bradford also exchanged tweets about possibly going deer hunting together once the season ends.

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