Double amputee inspires others on and off the football field

Born with the odds stacked against him, Damon Hodges was told he would never be able to play sports.

"When I was born my twin brother died, and I had twisted feet, basically club feet, so when I was 2, I had them amputated. And I've been wearing prosthetics since I was 2," Damon told WFMJ.

The 16-year-old’s desire to play football pushed him to prove everyone wrong.

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"Always wanted to play football. I love football ever since I was little. My mom never let me play, she was scared and she still is scared," Damon said.

So Damon decided to approach coach Chet Allen about hitting the field.

"He said, '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," Allen told WFMJ.

And now Damon has become an inspiration to the whole team. The lineman is showing everyone that having prosthetic legs will not stop him from living his dreams.

"A lot of people told me I couldn't play football. But I never listened to anybody. Everyone always told me you couldn't play football and now I’m playing varsity football," Damon said.

And he has a simple message for those people who find themselves in a similar situation.

"Never believe anybody who wants to put you down. Do what you want to do. Football, any other sport that you need to do, if disabled, because anything you put your mind to, you can do it," Damon said.