A San Jose high school football coach who was born without arms or legs is being honored at the ESPYS as a pillar of perseverance.
Famed college basketball coach Jim Valvano was known for spreading his message of never giving up, and Rob Mendez, this year's recipient of Jimmy V's namesake award, said this message is something he's always related to.
Rob Mendez was born with a rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome. He was unable to play football himself, but he developed a passion for the sport, learning the fundamentals by playing Madden video games. During his first year in high school, he became the manager of the football team. By his senior year, he was the quarterback coach.