You probably root for one right now …
As Coach Taylor tells his team in the (shall we say epic) television series, Friday Night Lights, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!” Football players, cheerleaders, even coaches and referees. They’re all out there on the field for endless workout and practice sessions –and certainly on game day- getting the job done. Play by play. Game by game.
Especially football stars like Isaac Lufkin.
While playing for Classical High School in Providence, RI, Isaac enjoyed an undefeated season and the freshman football State title. He has one killer onside kick and led his division in recoveries, too. He even enjoyed a VIP attendance at MetLlife Stadium for Super Bowl 48.
So what if he has no arms or hands.
“I think he gives [his teammates] hope,” his coach says. “I mean, you see a guy with no arms strap up and put a helmet on and launch himself into [the game] and get up and smile. I would not be the guy who would want to tell him he couldn’t do something, put it that way.”
New Season, Same Fight
Now, Isaac plays for Houlton High School in Houlton, ME. Even though he was born with this body that’s different from the rest –and his days are filled with unique challenges- he still has what it takes to be a star athlete, and stellar human being: Incredible will. Inspiring determination. Infectious team spirit.
“His positive attitude is like an aura,” one of his Houlton teammates says. “He makes the best of every situation and that just kind of spreads around the team.”
After a recent win, his coach gave him the game ball, saying, “It wasn’t because of the fact that you don’t have arms, it’s about the fact that you’re doing what you’re doing and inspiring people, so keep it going.”
Friday Light Nights, indeed. Isaac Lufkin has big dreams of playing in the NFL someday.
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