Roy Wilkins was a football and basketball star at his North Carolina high school and competed in the same two sports at Clemson University, a big-time Division I program in South Carolina. Playing defensive back, he contributed to Clemson’s 1981 football team that finished 12-0 and won the national championship. Then, in an instant, Wilkins lost his athletic superiority – or so he thought. Serving as a command sergeant major in the Army's special forces. Wilkins was riding in an armored vehicle that went over a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in November 2004.