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America's Remarkable Rookie

From Soccer Star to Amputation to
US National Team in a Year and a Day

At 16 years old Robert Spotswood felt his life was pretty much under control.

US Rookie Robert Spotswood

He held a starting position on the Alabama state select soccer team, he attended a private New Hampshire boarding school where he was a leading scorer on the varsity soccer team, and he looked forward to a life with boundless possibilities for prosperity and success.

But on August 3, 1998 a few beers and a high speed turn on a bad road seemed to change all that in an instant.

Robert wrapped his father's Range Rover around a tree at 60-80 miles an hour, suffered a traumatic amputation during the wreck and "broke nearly every bone in my body."

But within a year of life threatening injuries, Robert appears stronger, more focused, and more athletic than ever.

It could never happen to me

"I always thought nothing could happen to me," Robert recounted. "I guess I thought I was made out of titanium or something. I had a few beers and it impaired my judgement.

"My dominant right leg stayed with the car and was embedded in the engine. The rest of my body flew out of the windshield. On the scene, my foot was taken off, and later they had to amputate at the knee."


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