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Greenwood is Back In the Spotlight

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Two years ago, his life changed forever.

Brett Greenwood, the former Pleasant Valley and Iowa Hawkeye football standout, was at his former high school, training for his dream of playing in the NFL.

Then, the perfectly healthy athlete, collapsed.

Blood stopped flowing to his brain, causing major damage.

He slipped into a coma.

When he awoke, he had lost the use of his legs, his memories were gone and doctors told his family he would never see again.

But, in typical Greenwood fashion, he is beating the odds.

Today, he came out in public for one the first times since his accident.

He went to a 5k that was being held to raise funds for his foundation that raises awareness of brain injuries and supports a scholarship at Iowa.

And for one of the first times in two years, people were able to see the person that hundreds call friend.

"Being out in the community and being around people is part of the healing process," explained Lindsey Brezenski, Brett's sister. "I think it's tremendous that he's out here doing well and enjoying it."

Former teammates, coaches, friends and family were all there to see Brett, to see how far he's come.

And they all had something to say about him.

"When you talk about the ability to come back from what happened, you always knew that Brett was going to do that," said Greenwood's former basketball coach, Steve Hillman. "Just seeing him in the hospital in the first few days - you always knew there was going to be a day like this where you see Brett."

Jeff Paul, his former track coach, also weighed in.

"He's one of the hardest workers I've seen and to work as hard as he has after (his injury) is really inspiring. And there's no doubt he's exceeded expectations and will continue to do so."

Today - Brett proved he is getting better.

He was able to watch the racers go by, with perfect 20/20 vision.

And his memory is getting better - something that is severely damaged with injuries like Brett's.

"Our hope for Brett in the future is full recovery," his sister said with full confidence. "It's a slow process, especially with anoxic injuries but he's proven you can never count him out and hopefully, in years to come, he can make a full recovery."

While the event on Sunday does raise funds for the Brett Greenwood Foundation - many believe it helps more people than just those with brain injuries.

By believing in a story like Brett's, people say it gives others hope, showing you can overcome anything with the right attitude.

"People love the stories of Brett Greenwood," says Paul. "Just to see somebody work so hard is an inspiring story. An he gives people hope and a reason to dream big."