Pro Fisherman Shares Unbelievable Story With Fort Riley Soldiers

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Fort Riley welcomed a unique guest who spoke to soldiers that have been injured in combat.

Clay Dyer, a pro bass fisherman, has overcome unimaginable obstacles. He was born without any lower limbs and only a partial right arm.

On Friday, he shared his story with wounded warriors at Fort Riley during a motivational speech, speaking to the Warrior Transition Battalion.

Dyer even showed the troops how he casts a fishing rod with his chin. Despite his handicaps, he is a professional fisherman and a high school football coach.

"For 33 years of my life, I’ve done nothing but overcome adversity to try to get to where I want to get to be successful in life. You know, I’ve had a lot of people ask me, ‘Clay, if you had a chance to be physically born again would you want the legs, would you want the hands, would you want the arms, would you want all of the different extremities that you’re missing?' And you know what my answer is? 'No.' And they say 'Why not? You could do so much more.' But I have everything I need. I’ve got a heart and a mind and a soul. That’s everything I need to do everything I want to do," Dyer said during his speech.

"I want to be able to be an example to them and show them that regardless of what they’ve faced, they can continue to be successful in life and can overcome whatever obstacles that they might have been faced with in their service to our country," he added during an interview with WIBW. He said he was honored to speak to the soldiers who have fought for his freedoms.

His motto is “If I can, you can”- a mindset Clay Dyer hopes rubs off on the wounded warriors as they continue down their road to recovery.


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