Meet Rob Mendez.
Rob is a high school football coach born without limbs, his story is life-changing and Wednesday he won the Jimmy V award at the ESPYs.
Source: The award is named after the late North Carolina State men’s basketball coach and broadcaster Jimmy Valvano and is awarded annually to “a deserving member of the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination.” Mendez, 31, was born without limbs due to a rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome. Unable to play football, Mendez learned the fundamentals of the sport by playing Madden. He became a manager for his high school football team as a freshman and served as the team’s quarterbacks coach his senior year.
After spending 12 years serving as an assistant coach at various local high school programs, Mendez was named junior varsity head coach at Prospect–a Bay Area high school in Saratoga, Calif.–ahead of the 2018 season. The team went 8–2 in his first year at the helm.