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Walter Chadwick - Back from the dead

Walter Chadwick, center, who was a star running back at the University of Tennessee, walks with his friend and University of Tennessee alum Ellen Morrison, left, and former Wills High School football player Keith Miller in Laurel Park, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Marietta, Ga. Chadwick was named head coach of Wills High School in 1971, but after only being on the job just two weeks, a Wells Fargo armored van slammed into him leaving Chadwick permanently brain damaged.  Chadwick recently gathered with friends and former students, many of whom thought he was dead. (Branden Camp for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution)

Walter Chadwick, center, who was a star running back at the University of Tennessee, walks with his friend and University of Tennessee alum Ellen Morrison, left, and former Wills High School football player Keith Miller in Laurel Park, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Marietta, Ga. Chadwick was named head coach of Wills High School in 1971, but after only being on the job just two weeks, a Wells Fargo armored van slammed into him leaving Chadwick permanently brain damaged.  Chadwick recently gathered with friends and former students, many of whom thought he was dead. (Branden Camp for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution)

Walter Chadwick was a star running back at The University of Tennessee.  He had a short stint in the pros and eventually took a job as the head football coach at Wills High School in Smyrna, Ga.  Only after two weeks of being on the job, he was in a car crash that left him brain damaged.  Many thought he had died in the car crash, but he is alive and well and many recently gathered to honor him.

This is an assignment I shot for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Walter Chadwick, who was a star running back at the University of Tennessee, poses for a portrait at his home while holding a photo of him scoring a touchdown during a game against Tulane University, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Decatur, Ga. Chadwick was named head coach of Wills High School in 1971, but after only being on the job just two weeks, a Wells Fargo armored van slammed into him leaving Chadwick permanently brain damaged.  Chadwick recently gathered with friends and former students, many of whom thought he was dead.  (Branden Camp for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution)

Walter Chadwick, who was a star running back at the University of Tennessee, poses for a portrait at his home while holding a photo of him scoring a touchdown during a game against Tulane University, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Decatur, Ga. Chadwick was named head coach of Wills High School in 1971, but after only being on the job just two weeks, a Wells Fargo armored van slammed into him leaving Chadwick permanently brain damaged.  Chadwick recently gathered with friends and former students, many of whom thought he was dead.  (Branden Camp for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution)