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“Robert Mendez Jr. is one of thousands of high school football coaches across the United States. However, he is likely the only member of his peers that coaches his team without any limbs. Mendez was born without any arms and legs due to the extremely rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome. Despite his challenges, he was
“IT’S THE BIGGEST weekend of the year in Gilroy, California, with more than 100,000 people visiting for the annual garlic festival. But on this late July night, 30-year-old high school football coach Rob Mendez has a taste for sushi. A young boy holds open the door as Mendez approaches his favorite spot. The coach nods and
“SAN JOSE — 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