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Coach Rob Mendez Wins Jimmy V ESPY Award

June 18th, 2019






Coach Rob Mendez writes a letter thanking football for changing his life.

“Dear Football,
I don’t know how to say thank you. I don’t know where to begin. The game has given me a life that nobody believes a man in a wheelchair born without arms and legs could have. Together, we’ve proved all of them wrong. And it’s only the beginning…
Now I have the same agent as retired NFL receiver Donald Driver. People ask me to come speak at their college or work meeting. I’m on the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival. At parties with Gavin DeGraw and Tristan Thompson. In July, I will receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYS. Are you kidding me? Jimmy V was an inspiration to me. I know every word of his ESPYS speech. And now I’m going to receive this award in his honor. I can’t even put into words how that warms my heart. I can only say thank you, football.
I know the game isn’t perfect. I know it has its critics. But when I think about everything that has happened in my first year as a head football coach — and the bright future that lies ahead — I know I have you to thank.”


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