John Sweeney Receives Pat Tillman Award at 2014 ESPYS

 
 

Josh Sweeney, a 27 year old former sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps was presented with the Pat Tillman award at the 2014 ESPY honors Wednesday evening. The first annual prize was given to Sweeney, a Purple Heart recipient for the representation of his country both on the front lines and on the ice rink.

Sweeney’s life was dramatically altered after he lost both legs to a land mine while serving in Afghanistan in October, 2009.

In March, he took to the ice in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Sweeney scored the only and winning goal against Russia allowing the United States to become the first county to win consecutive sled hockey championship titles.

Sweeney currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, with wife, Amber.