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A retired US Army Master Sergeant delivers message of sacrifice and teamwork to Red Sox

“You have to fight for each other in competition, not for yourself."

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Sgt. Cedric King who lost both legs was on the field after giving a talk to the team in the morning. –Barry Chin/Globe staff

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It takes a lot to impress a group of accomplished professional athletes and hold their attention when you speak to them as a group.

That wasn’t a problem for Cedric King on Tuesday when he walked into JetBlue Park on his prosthetic legs to address the Red Sox. A retired US Army Master Sergeant, King was injured by an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. He lost both legs, part of his right arm and hand, and suffered internal injuries. Only 21 months later, King completed the Boston Marathon using running blades and has since finished the New York Marathon, a 70.3-mile ironman event, and the Disney Marathon Series. He’ll be back in Boston in April to run the Marathon again.

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“A very impressive guy to say the least,’’ Sox righthander Rick Porcello said.

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Cedric King who lost both legs was on the field after giving a talk to the team in the morning. —Barry Chin/Globe Staff
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