SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2016)-- A changed perspective can change one's life. It did for Joel Hunt.
"When you're in the crossfire and you have no idea if you are guaranteed tomorrow, and you have no idea if you're coming home," said Hunt, "Today you might as well put all your ducks in a row and live life to the fullest."
Hunt did three tours in Iraq as a combat engineer and he sustained multiple injuries from IEDs.
To this day, his left leg is paralyzed below the knee, and he experiences PTSD.
But none of that was getting in the way of what he calls a "bucket list" trip to Super Bowl 50. IndySportsCentral's Mike Berman spoke to Hunt the day before the big game.
"It's a moment where I'm sitting here pinching myself," Hunt said, "I told my wife when we got up in the bed, 'I can't believe that we're here!'"
He, his wife Kassie and guide dog Bear wanted to go to the game because he loves the Broncos and Peyton Manning.
The Kokomo native moved to Denver after being medically discharged from the Army in 2007.
For him, Manning is more than a great player; he's a great person.
A day at Broncos training camp with other wounded veterans proved that a few years ago.
"He signed every single one of those Wounded Warriors. Manning has so much respect for the military," Hunt says.
It's a big reason part of the reason Joel Hunt loves number 18, and hopes he's overcome by emotion when the game ends.
"I'll cry tomorrow if Peyton Manning wins," Hunt said.