FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - A movie producer and writer in Colorado are working to bring a Forsyth County’s high school football player’s story to the big screen.
Two years ago, Joshua Haddock suffered a freak accident at football practice.
The star North Forsyth High School football player had a college scholarship and was on his way to living his dream. That dream was taken away two years ago after the accident.
The movie producer and writer think the 19-year-old’s story has the potential to be a successful movie.
“It was supposed to bring him everything he thought he wanted out of life. When it was gone, he didn't know what he was going to do. He planned all of his life to play football,” said Haddock’s mother Natalie Roth.
Channel 2 reporter Liz Artz talked with Haddock’s mother about the last two, emotional years.
“What do you do without your kid? What is life? Nothing is worth anything if he wasn't here," said Roth.
Artz said doctors gave Roth’s son a 1 percent chance to live.
“They (the doctors) were telling people, ‘I don't think he's going to be the same Josh you guys remember,’” said Haddock.
Artz said it’s hard to believe now, with Haddock’s charm and inspirational outlook, that he ever went through dark moments during recovery, but Roth said he hit bottom before bouncing back.
The former star football player is now a body builder and a personal trainer. He also co-designed a revolutionary helmet that could save young athletes from life-threatening injuries.
“If somebody takes a hit and it goes through the helmet and registers to the head, and within some parameters, it's going to alert you that you’ve taken a hit worthy of a concussion and you need to go get checked out," said Roth.
Movie producers have taken notice. Artz Skyped with the producer and writer out of Colorado who are want to turn Haddock’s story into a movie.
Haddock laughed as he told Artz, “They're probably going to have to get a very good looking young man to play me."
Haddock told Channel 2 Action News if he could change just one life, it will all be worth it. He hopes his story will inspire other people who are going through something rough in their life.
Both the movie and the helmet are in the developmental stages right now.