Ever since he won the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs this summer, high school football coach Rob Mendez has not stopped. He has become a top motivational speaker, making multiple appearances each month.
On Friday, Mendez was in Wisconsin at Kaukauna High School. He addressed several topics like how he got into coaching, the importance of self-love and the power of positivity.
"When you have that attitude and perception towards life of being positive and focusing on what you're able to do instead of the doubts and the disabilities within yourself, I think I've been able to overcome that thought process and have a strong mindset towards you know, accomplishing what I want to do in life," said Mendez.
Mendez began his engagement with a clip from ESPN's Sportscenter highlighting his story. He ended the talk with a lengthy question and answer session.
Mendez was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, which left him with no arms and legs. He still persevered, learning football by playing the Madden video game on the way to becoming a successful coach.
Mendez spent 14 years as an assistant at various schools throughout California before being hired as the head coach at Prospect last year. He also got to expand his football knowledge on the visit while meeting with the Green Bay Packers.
Mendez spent some time talking x's and o's with Packers head coach Matt LaFleur. He also gave a moving speech to the team.
The NFL as a whole has embraced Mendez, featuring him in marketing campaigns for both the league and Samsung. It was even former Packers wide receiver Donald Driver who shed light on his story by honoring him at the Driven to Achieve Awards.
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Rob Mendez Accepts the Jimmy V Perseverance Award: