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Aurora shooting victim signs on to play football at Colorado State

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Dr. Saturday

Among all the high-school seniors who signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play college football, Zack Golditch was among the most fortunate. Golditch came very close to dying in one of the worst mass shootings in American history.

Golditch was one of the moviegoers when a gunman opened fire in an Aurora, Colo. theater last July 20. In that tragedy, 12 people were killed. Golditch was shot in the neck, but he survived. He didn't miss a game as a senior at Gateway High School and the 6-5, 260-pound offensive lineman maintained his longstanding commitment to Colorado State through the fall.

On national signing day, Golditch faxed in his letter to become a Ram next season. While it doesn't change that many people lost their lives or had their lives changed forever because of that senseless violence, it is a great step for one of the many who were injured in that theater.

Golditch, who was centimeters away from being paralyzed or killed in the shootings according to 9News.com in Denver, appreciates that he has the chance to play at Colorado State.

"I might have not been able to play football again, but now that's it's passed and I am able to I don't really think about it. I'm grateful for it and everything coming together, it's awesome and it's truly incredible." Golditch said to 9News.

His high school coach Justin Hoffman said Golditch never changed after the shooting, and was still the same hard worker that had earned scholarship offers from most schools in Colorado and also from Wyoming.

"He's the same guy now that he was before," Hoffman told 9News. "He just feels more fortunate now to have done those things."

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