An Ohio teen and double amputee overcame the odds to live his dream of playing high school football.

Damon Hodges, a 16-year-old junior at Liberty High School, says he’s loved football his whole life, but his mom was too scared to let him play. He had “twisted feet” when he was born and had them both amputated at age 2.

In spite of his two prosthetic legs, Hodges approached the Liberty head football coach about playing on the team.

“He said, ‘Coach, I want to play football,’” coach Chet Allen said. “It’s like, ‘Well, you know, we got a lot of hurdles.’ But this dude gets up every day, does everything you ask him to do, shows up.”

It wasn’t always easy for Hodges. Allen says his player would sometimes fall while running, but the persistent young man simply got back up and kept going.

“A lot of people told me I couldn’t play football,” Hodges said, “but I never listened to anybody … and now I’m playing varsity football.”

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