Washburn's Anglin Plays On Despite Disability

By KBJR News 1

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 5:16 PM CDT

Washburn, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Even with a life altering disability, Zack Anglin always knew he'd get to this point: the last week of practice. On the field, 15–year–old Anglin is one of the guys.

"It's always fun to hit somebody especially when you're getting past the line. And they're running backs, you just want to hit somebody."

The Washburn freshman first caught a football when he was four and fell in love with it.

"I just decided to stick with it. It's a really awesome sport."

Born without arms and legs, life hasn't been easy, but being lower to the ground, he says, is an advantage that levels the playing field.

"The bigger they are, they're pretty slow to get off the line. It gives me times to get past them and get after the quarterback or running back."

"He's so stinking quick," said head coach Brandon Madison. "He can put a move off to the left and then do a rip move underneath to his right and get through."

"He's an inspiration to a lot of kids," said senior captain Robert Wilkins. "He's one of the nicest kids I know. He fits right in with everybody."

An inspiration through the eyes of his teammates, but that's not how Anglin sees it.

"It's something I was born with, and it's nothing you can change. You just have to make the best of it."

"He doesn't want to be helped," said Zack's foster Dad, Harold Anglin. "He wants to do it himself. He just refuses to be a victim. He's a do–it–yourself kind of guy."

Anglin's athletic aspirations don't end with high school football.

"Hopefully playing college ball. Being the first guy, I know it sounds crazy, but that's what I really want to do."

And no matter what he does, his family says they will always be proud.

"I feel a sense of pride, and I'm just glad to have him as my son," said Harold. "I'm glad to have him here, and I think everyone feels that way about him. Everybody in the family's pretty proud of him."

Posted by Sarah Wheeler
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