While many of his teammates on Highland Park’s 2005 state championship football team might have been dreaming of the NFL or chasing corporate goals, Morgan Hudnall’s mind was elsewhere.
As a teenager, the former HP receiver was almost obsessive in his admiration of the military, such as Navy SEALS or Army Delta Force rescue units. He earned a scholarship to SMU and played for two seasons there, but his heart wasn’t in it.
Instead, he joined the Army, spending seven years in special ops forces overseas. He was a sniper team leader in an Army Ranger battalion until suffering what was classified as a traumatic brain injury that left him unable to parachute or perform demolitions.