Feel-good story: Columbine HS (Colorado) shooting survivor gets championship ring back

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by Jeff Fisher

This is one of those stories that automatically puts a smile on your face and tears in your eyes.

The Denver Post reports that 31-year old Evan Todd, who was wounded in the April 1999 Columbine High School shootings that killed 13 people, got a great gift last month when a homeless Vietnam veteran called to tell him that he had found Todd’s championship football ring that he lost over a decade ago.

According to the story, 60-year old Bobby Smith found the ring with Todd’s name on it while “looking for arrowheads” in San Luis Obispo, California.  The story goes on to report that Smith has been living out of his car or in low-income housing.

One of the best parts of the story is the fact that Smith refused to take $2,000 from a local collector, who offered to buy the ring.  Todd and Smith met on Fox and Friends last Thursday (video above).

Todd was a defensive tackle on the 1999 Columbine football team that seven months after the tragedy won the Colorado 5A state championship.

A website has been set-up to help Smith, who has a disabled daughter.  You can donate to Smith at gofundme.com/championvet.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.