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Local vet shines in Wounded Warriors game

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: Feb 07 2012 05:00:28 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 07 2012 05:00:34 AM CST

Kutztown student has super showing

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

Many people are talking about the Super Bowl game, but there was one game in Indianapolis last week that was even bigger for a local veteran.

A Kutztown University junior played his heart out in the Wounded Warriors Game.  He lost his leg to an IED in Afghanistan, but that wasn’t enough to slow down this athlete.

Dan Lasko looks like any other dad playing with his son.  You would never know last week he had the opportunity of a lifetime.

"We're all amputees. We all have injuries from Afghanistan or Iraq," said retired Marine Dan Lasko, "Our softball team was actually invited during Super Bowl week to come out a flag football game against NFL retired pros."

Lasko played in the first ever Wounded Warriors game in Indianapolis.

"We had to get together that night and start practicing 10 minutes before the game," said Lasko, "We got some decent plays down."

He's modest, considering he was one of the top scorers of the game.

"Jeff George, who is a retired quarterback from the Colts, he asked who is the top receiver here and everyone pointed to me because I was the tallest guy," said Lasko, "So I ended up catching five touchdowns and picking off two."

He said everyone enjoyed the game.

"Playing against experienced NFL players was a great experience for both of us," said Lasko, "Them coming up to us, thanking us for our service, and us thanking them for actually coming out taking time away from their families or from the Super Bowl experience to come play a flag football game with us."

Lasko truly is a hero and not because he played football.

"The vehicle I was riding in struck two IEDs, roadside bombs which resulted in losing my left leg below the knee," said Lasko.

After a year in recovery and being fitted with a prosthetic, he said he's more active than he was before.

"Our message is--hopefully other injured veterans past and present who see us doing these type of sporting events with the equipment that we have with our prosthetics," said Lasko, "We hope to encourage them and motivate them to get out and start being active again."