League of Legless Linemen

Last
year the
Dowbrigade reported on ANOTHER
legless lineman
, Chris Gonzalez in California
Today the Boston Globe came through with an extensive in-depth story,
with
plenty of pictures, from an East Coast profile in courage…

DAYTON, Ohio — The halftime announcement is met by
squeals from the football crowd at Welcome Stadium, as if Ed Sullivan
is introducing the Beatles. ”And now, ladies and gentlemen, the 2005
homecoming king, the very talented Mr. Bobby Martin."

Born without legs, Martin — a 3-foot-1-inch, 117-pound high school football
player — quickly uses his hands to propel himself between a flag-toting
honor guard lining the 50-yard line. The coronation is sweet. The new
king stands tall. Martin is crowned, and his green-and-yellow No. 99
Cougars jersey is draped with a red cape that flutters in the wind, Superman-like.
It was specially tailored by Sharon Murphy, his consumer science instructor
at Colonel White High School. Even though she was ill, Murphy was there,
caught up in Bobbymania.

”This day is going to go down in history," he declares. ”I always
wanted to be the king. Always dreamed about it."

Martin, 17, plays on special teams and is a backup nose tackle who sees
limited playing time. But when he does, he fearlessly propels himself
with gloved hands, his torso inches above the turf. He’s agile and has
tremendous arm strength. He makes cobra-like tackles and is the last
defense on kickoff returns.

from the Boston Globe

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