That’s because if you told Eureka, Missouri, natives Michael Bigogno and his father, Gregg, in the summer of 2012 that Michael would hear those words one day, they probably would have wept in disbelief or joy. Around this time five years ago, Michael was lying in a hospital bed with a helmet on protecting his skull, a fourth of it missing.
Or maybe Michael would have laughed at you in mockery, since the 28-year-old was born to compete, race, and put his body through whatever torture seemed possible. Maybe he, in that hospital bed, would have chuckled and said, “You bet I will.”
Growing up, Michael played every sport you could think of, including ice hockey and soccer. In middle school, he was obsessively competitive, determined his life calling was to beat everyone in any form of physical testing. The infamous mile run in phys ed? He won every single time.
But most …
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