“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 attached to the chair, using a stylus that he maneuvers with his mouth.
He does all this with a spirit that seems to lift everyone around him — players, coaches, strangers, peers, and family.
“He’s kind of like the light in a dark room,” said Mendez’s father, Robert Sr. “He’s the same for us as he is for other people.” Read more