Bobby Martin was born with no legs, but rose to fame as an ‘American football’ player
He was born with no legs and is just 3 ft tall, but Bobby Martin is still considered a hero when it comes to the American football. With no legs, Bobby Martin played as defensive lineman. He is a graduate of Colonel White High School in Dayton, Ohio and played American football for his high school varsity team.
Bobby Martin has a rare condition called Caudal Regression Syndrome, meaning his body ends at his pelvis. But, his disability never could deter his enthusiasm and he always enjoyed being a distinguished football career.
My arms are like my legs, so they are very strong. My size helps me with my football skills. I mean to hit well in the tackle you have to be low and how can you get lower than me? It is another way that I turn my size to my advantage. I have an image to uphold and little kids look up to me. People with disabilities look up to me and older people who think that they can’t do something draw inspiration from me. I say to them if I can do this with no legs, then what is your excuse? – Bobby Martin.
While playing in the defense for Colonel White High School in 2005, Bobby rose to national fame in the United States. Encouraged by his coaches at school, Bobby made it into the school American Football team. His dedication towards the game made him one of the finest football player, which won him the ESPY award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability on July 12, 2006.
I am not playing so regularly since I left college, but I have a trial lined up and I’d love to continue playing in the future.