GOOD NEWS One-Armed Football Star Intercepts 2 Passes in Title Game Win
It was an exciting few days in college football and the NFL, but here's the football story you probably haven't heard about.
Brian and Elisabeth talked to Riley Quinn, a senior defensive back for St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California. Riley plays safety despite being born without his left hand and forearm.
At the end of the Lancers' 17-7 victory in the CCS Division II Championship, Riley intercepted a pass to seal the win! It was his second pick of the game.
More details via the Mercury News:
The game ended on a second interception by the senior Quinn, who was born without a left hand and forearm.
"Riley might have half an arm, but I don't ever see that," Scharrenberg said. "I see our co-captain who does everything I ask of him. He's a coach on the field. He's my co-pilot out there. He's a player."
"It was a fitting end for Riley Quinn to make that interception at the end," Calcagno said. "He's a special kid. He'll be one of the top kids as long as I'll coach, just because of who he is and what he has been able to accomplish."
Quinn credits "hard work and perseverance" for his athletic success. He also stars on the baseball field and the basketball court.
"You just have to attack it and go after it and it'll be alright," he said, calling his disability a "blessing" because of all the hard work he has had to put in as a result.
Quinn said he grew up in a "sports family" and he's always been a very competitive person by nature.
The straight-A student got a walk-on offer from Yale and an athletic scholarship offer from the University of San Diego, but hasn't made any decision yet on college.
He said he was inspired as a kid when he met one-armed former major league pitcher Jim Abbott. Quinn said he used that experience to try to inspire a young girl with a disability that he met after a game recently.
"I just told her to keep working, keep fighting. If you believe and you have people supporting you, then it's gonna be OK."
Watch the inspiring interview above.