Conquering His Dreams




"I was born with short arms with three fingers on each hand, so I just adjusted to what I knew how to do," says 21-year-old Brett. "Kids would stare and make fun when I was younger. I started playing little league baseball when I was in second grade. I got to play second base, I got to bat, ended up winning the championship."

"I was worried about him not being able to catch himself if he fell, but his balance and coordination was all there," says Laura, Brett's mom. "Brett even took karate lessons. He played soccer. He was an exceptional soccer player. Brett has always had the dream of playing college football."


"I love football. I think it's the best game in the world. When I got into high school, I was the starting kicker. I met a professional arena kicker. He taught me everything. The head coach offered me one of the field goal posts so we put it up in my backyard," Brett shares. "A month ago, I was able to start spring practice at Indiana State, and it was awesome. It's a great team. They have a lot of great guys."


Brett shares his philosophy. "I'm driven to succeed, because I don't like people looking down on me. I know what it feels like to be looked down on," he says. "Sports helped me out a lot because I've made so many good friends. They know what I'm capable of."


"I think it's amazing that Brett has overcome his physical disability. He's not making any excuses out here," says Brett's teammate.


"If you have an excuse, it shows you don't really want something," Brett says. "I'm taking physical education as my major so I can eventually be a football coach. I would like to inspire other kids. I believe if you really want something, you'll go and get it, no matter what."

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