Blind running back scores 2 touchdowns and now aims for NFL career
During one of their most recent games, the Brophy Broncos experienced something truly inspirational. After a late touchdown during a blowout football game, the crowd went wild for an entirely different reason.
The one who made it all happen is Adonis Watt, a freshman running back for the Broncos, who is 6 feet and 2 inches tall, 140 pounds, and blind.
Adonis has a rare form of glaucoma that caused him to be blind since he was 5-years-old. However, this did not stop him from pursuing his dreams of playing American Football with the rest of the people his age.
During an interview with CBS News, he shares what it's like to be him, and what his favorite part of the game is.
"My absolute favorite part is winning. It's very enjoyable just to stand up and actually run someone over. I'm just very confident of my ability, my speed, my power."
As for how he does this, well, it's just pure hard work and determination for Watt.
"I pretty much see nothing. You just got to trust your abilities, trust your whole linemen and trust the play that it will work."
Adonis' mom, Veronica, used to be against him playing football, and wished he would try out for something safer. However, in the end, she knew there was no stopping his passion and this was really what he wanted to do.
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"I believe in him. This is news to you but this is what he does ... I said, they are going to hit you in your blind spot, and he said, 'All my sides are blind.'"
Even his coach, Scott Heideman, also had some concerns when he first joined in. First of all, he said that football players are scared to play even with their sight. In the end, Watt ended up proving that he could do it, even scoring two touchdowns against a team that didn't know he was blind, and couldn't do anything to stop him.
According to his mom, "He lost his sight, but he has a whole vision for life".
His ultimate dream is to get into the NFL, and with determination like that, we have no doubt that he can do this.