Ohio high school student playing football with two prosthetic legs, inspiring others

LIBERTY, Ohio– He was once told he would never walk, but Damon Hodges, 16, is doing way more than that.

The Liberty High School junior is playing football with the help of two prosthetic legs. And, he’s inspiring others.

from CNN van video“When I was born, my twin brother died, and I had twisted feet, basically club feet, so when I was two, I had them amputated. And I’ve been wearing prosthetics since I was two,” Hodges told WFMJ. Hodges said he always wanted to play football, but his mom was too scared to let him play.

Leopard Head Coach Chet Allen said he was surprised when Hodges approached him about playing.  “Coach, I want to play football. It’s like, well, you know, we got a lot of hurdles, but this dude gets up every day, does everything you ask him to do, shows up,” Coach Allen said.

“When I was born, they told me I couldn’t walk; now I’m playing football. They told me I couldn’t do a lot of things; now I’m doing everything I couldn’t do,” the teen said.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association approved the prosthetics.