Posted: Jan 18, 2011 1:22 PM
Updated: Jan 18, 2011 4:08 PM
Chance Anthony was born missing the lower half of his right arm.
But despite what many would consider a disability, the Breckinridge County senior excels both on the gridiron and the hardwood.
Anthony started all four years for the Tiger football team, playing on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and a linebacker. And in the winter, he trades in his cleats for sneakers as a member of the Breckinridge County basketball team.
On Tuesday, Trusted Sports named Anthony its High School Football Rudy Award winner.
The Breckenridge County senior can bench press 235 pounds - with one arm. Through the first six games of 2010, Anthony led the team in receiving with 15 catches for over 200 yards. He also excels in the classroom, maintaining a 3.6 GPA.
Anthony says he refuses to let his lack of an arm hold him back.
"One hand or not, you can still catch a football and still catch a basketball," Anthony said. "Sometimes my friends forget I've only got one hand. I do as much as anyone else at school. It's how you deal with adversity that counts. If somebody gives you the opportunity, you better take it and run. Don't look back and question why."
Anthony will receive his award during a ceremony in Hardinsburg in February, and he will receive a $10,000 scholarship to the school of his choice.
The award is named for Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger, whose triumphant story was the basis of the 1993 Columbia TriStar film RUDY.
Anthony was selected the Most Inspirational High School Football Player in America from over 250 nominees by a Selection Committee led by former NFL quarterback and All-American, Drew Bledsoe. Student athletes are nominated for their ability to inspire others to excellence on and off the gridiron.