Few stories of adversity are as compelling as that of 14-year-old high-school kicker Isaac Lufkin.
Coming out of Classical High School in Providence, R.I., the freshman helped his team go undefeated and win the state title this past season. Lufkin also led the division in onside kick recoveries.
One thing: Lufkin was born without arms, and instead put his legs to use in the hope of making it to the NFL one day.
According to a report from CNN and posted earlier this week on Reddit, Lufkin has served as an inspiration for his teammates and for disabled people around the country.
"I don't like people helping me because it makes me feel like I can't do it. If I drop my backpack and somebody helps me pick it up, I drop it again and pick it back up. Because if I can't do it, nobody else is going to be able to do it sooner or later," he told CNN.
In the detailed report, Lufkin shows how he can do anything the average teenager does despite his disability. He plays video games, makes eggs, and surfs the Internet, all with his feet.
Classical athletic director Bob Palazzo spotted Lufkin, and immediately told him he would be the team’s place kicker, and also said he believes Lufkin gives his teammates hope.
Clearly looking to challenge himself more and more, Lufkin does have bigger aspirations to move from place and field goal kicker.
"I want to be a defensive lineman," he said. "They can't grab my arms, they can't grab my jersey. The only thing they can do is actually block, but I can still crawl under them. And then it's not like they can sit on me. They gotta let me through."
Lufkin isn’t the only armless kicker in Classical history. He’s following in the footsteps of Chris Schumman, who also led the football team to a state title back in 1963.