A Chosen Bullet is the story of what Bill’s passion as a Chicago sports fan has taught him in life and the struggles this passion helped him to overcome from the day a 9mm bullet ripped through his neck from five feet away. Bill’s life has been contrasted by deep darkness and then glorious light, characterized by overcoming through perseverance, stained by first underachieving and then finally experiencing success that few will ever know. A bottomed-out permanently paralyzed teenager becomes a two-time Paralympic gold medalist, a very happily married man, a blessed father of three children, and a successful businessman. With the support of family and eventually a deep-abiding Christian faith providing his foundation, these values and lessons intertwining with Bill’s thirty-three year journey as a Chicago fan take him from tragedy to triumph.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Bill was shot in neck and permanently paralyzed as a 17-year-old in 1989. From there, he set out on a path of endurance and perseverance ultimately earning a B.A and M.S in Journalism from the University of Illinois. He was a three-time member of Team USA wheelchair rugby winning Gold in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, the 1998 World Championships in Toronto and the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Since 2002, Bill has been an award-winning commercial real estate broker in the Tampa Bay Area. With Amy, his lovely wife of 10 years, and their three children, Bill lives in Wesley Chapel, FL where he and Amy have been actively-involved members of Idlewild Baptist Church for over a decade.