Teen Born Without Arms Doesn’t Let His Disability Stop Him From Playing Football

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Sep 29, 2015   |   5:42PM   |   Washington, DC

In Maine, Isaac Lufkin was born without arms but now that he’s 16-years old he refuses to let that stop him from playing on his high school’s football team. ESPN News reports that Lufkin is in his junior year at Houlton High School and serves as a kicker and nose tackle for the junior varsity team.

Lufkin reportedly loves his team and likes blending in with the other football players. He said, “I like being part of a team because you’re with guys who have your back and you can have their backs. It’s more just about having that trust.”

Houlton freshman lineman Dolton Nason indicated that Lufkin’s attitude is inspirational and motivates the other football players. He explained, “His positive attitude is like an aura. He makes the best of every situation and that just kind of spreads around the team.”

Additionally, Lufkin’s commitment to his sport despite his disability has made him stand out to other high school football coaches. Coach Dan O’Connell from a rival school in the area told Lufkin: “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. I know for one we are inspired by what you’re doing, so keep it going.”

Watch the clip below to see Lufkin play football at Houlton High School.