Inspirational Story: HS Football Player Tackles Physical Disability
Some people might watch 15-year-old defensive end Sam Monarch during one of his high school games and assume the teen is just your average football player. They'd be wrong -- he's above-average.
Despite a rare condition that prevented the development of his right arm, Sam does the job of a defensive end with his own unique twist. While defensive players are normally taught to wrap up a runner with both arms, Sam has to use
his legs to get his opponent to the ground.
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"What he's learned to do is tackle with his legs more," his coach said. "It's made him a better technical tackler than some of our other kids."
The coach also says that the job Sam does in his position is one of little praise. "You get no notoriety ... the announcer's never gonna say your name," he said, adding, "you do the dirty work of the team."
But Sam's spirits are high, and what many would call a disability or adversity, he calls a blessing.
"It scares me for a second, but then I have to think about how the Lord's blessed me with this athletic ability. He's just blessed me in so many ways, I can't even begin to imagine what he has planned."
His coach calls Monarch an example for his fellow teammates and classmates.
"I know for a fact that some kids are looking at Sam and are thinking that this kid has got this disability that he was born with and if he can go that hard work, and he can work that hard ... then I should be able to do the same."
"Most people like me wouldn't dream of trying out for a high school sport, but I want to show them that if I can, you can," he said.