Rob Mendez was born with no arms and no legs, but that doesn’t stop him from coaching.

San Jose High School varsity quarterbacks coach Rob Mendez gets a push from xx (29) after the battery in Mendez's wheelchair died in the second quarter of their game against Ann Sobrato High School at San Jose High in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Source: The Mercury News (Calif.)

Rob Mendez sounds like any other football coach on any other field across America — passionate, authoritative, knowledgeable — but he is like no other coach you know.

He has no arms or legs. He moves in a custom-made wheelchair that he operates with his shoulders. He diagrams plays on a smartphone attached to the chair, using a stylus that he maneuvers with his mouth.

Mendez, 28, is an assistant coach at San Jose High. Born without limbs, a condition his parents learned about a month before birth, he has been beating the odds for almost 30 years.

“The fight in life, I can relate to the fight on the field,” Mendez said. “Hopefully show them that I am not giving up, and they can’t give up on the field. We all need each other.”

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