By LARRY VAUGHT
Marine Corporal Matthew Bradford is an inspirational man because even though he’s blind and a double amputee because of wounds he suffered serving our country, there’s nothing he is afraid to try.
He’s become an inspiration for Kentucky linebacker Kash Daniel, who will play again Saturday with a broken hand when UK hosts Georgia.
Daniel was impressed with Bradford’s toughness when the former Marine spoke to the team on a practice visit.
“The guy literally lost both his limbs,” Daniel said. “Some people are amazed that I played with a surgically repaired hand. I mean, that’s nothing compared to what that guy did.”
Bradford will be part of Saturday’s Cat Walk which should make the entrance by the Kentucky players into Kroger Field even more raucous for fans. The team will also be led onto the field by flags from each branch of military service, as well as a POW/MIA flag.
Bradford is grateful for the opportunity.
“As the Marine Corps chapter was coming to a close and I was beginning my college chapter, my amazing wife looked at me and said, ‘Matt, you have always wanted to attend the University of Kentucky, so why don’t you live out your dream!’ As a lifelong Wildcat fan, I have always bled Kentucky blue,” Bradford said.
“As of May 2017, my dream came true as I graduated from the University of Kentucky with two degrees. I am extremely humbled by all the kind comments since Monday (when the Cat Walk announcement was made) and am honored to have created a great relationship with coach Stoops.
“I have supported coach Stoops since day one and I am proud of him, the coaches, staff, and players at the university. I will always be a passionate and loyal fan. I am so excited about the success of this year’s team and no matter the outcome this Saturday, I will forever bleed blue and be forever a Wildcat!”