Helmet in Hand and Ready for Battle

1 decade 2 years 2 weeks ago Sunday, September 24 2006 Sep 24, 2006 Sunday, September 24, 2006 10:32:50 PM CDT September 24, 2006 in Sports

Every Saturday the Missouri football team walks out of the tunnel in uniform and ready for battle. For walk-on freshman Zack Milligan, the battle is nothing new. Only one year ago he wore a different uniform.

"I always wanted to walk on, but when I thought it was a coach calling me, it was my Sargent telling me I was deployed," Milligan said.

Milligan spent the past year as a mechanic in the Army, stationed in Iraq.

"I learned a lot about self discipline, a lot about ignoring things that I don't need to worry about."

But worrying is part of the job when you're always in the line of fire.

"I was on an observation point one night and out of no where at about 12:30 a 1.255 millimeters rocket landed 50 meters in front of me. I never thought that I took anything for granted I've always been thankful for everything. I've just been even more thankful. It's just magnified it."

A closer look at a soldier on the sidelines.

"I've just been real thankful and right now I'm just on cloud nine because nothing I ever figured would happen and it's all coming true so far."

The Sargent now stands at a new front-line, helmet in hand, and ready for battle.

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