Rob Mendez was born with tetra-amelia syndrome.
A California football coach who was born without arms or legs was honored for his tenacity and determination at the 2019 ESPY Awards on Wednesday.
Rob Mendez accepted the Jimmy V award for perseverance at the Los Angeles ceremony.
“It is an honor to be here tonight,” said Mendez, 30, before thanking his parents, his students and more influential people in his life. “I also want to thank the game of football for all it has given me, for allowing me to be apart of a team. … The reality is, I am here and if there’s any message I want to give you guys tonight, is to look at me … when you dedicate yourself to something … and focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t do, you really can go places in this world.”
“I’m not done yet,” promised Mendez. “I made it this far, who says I can’t go further? Who says I can’t? Nobody.”