Born without arms and legs, Bob Mendez is a football coach who has never run the ball, caught it or thrown it. He learned football from video games.
"I’m not a disabled coach. I’m a different coach," Mendez said.
He leads the junior varsity team at Prospect High School near San Jose. Drawing up plays the only way he can, with a stylus in his mouth. Improbable? Yes. Impossible? No way. His team went 8-2 last year.
"When you dedicate yourself to something and open your mind to different possibilities and focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t do, you really can go places in this world," Mendez said. "I’ve made it this far and who says I can’t go further. That’s my message tonight.
Who says I can’t? Nobody."