Nearly three years ago, we introduced you to an Ethiopian boy just adopted by Scott and Diane Larson in Waterloo. At the time, he was 11, had never been to school, and was just learning English. Today, Temesgen Larson is having a great time playing football with his friends.
"Every one of these kids is his friend on the field. He's definitely one of our captains, one of our leaders," said Hoover Middle School Seventh Grade Football Coach Andrew Meister.
The Hoover Middle School seventh grader got his left leg amputee after moving to the U.S. His leg was badly burned as a baby. The amputation actually gave Teme the opportunity to be more active.
Teme said in Ethiopia, he wouldn't be able to do anything with one leg, but here he doesn't miss out playing with his friends.
"Definitely exemplifies sportsmanship, good character, he just does everything right. everything a coach would expect out of a good student-athlete," said Coach Meister.
Teme Larson prefers playing on the defensive line, going after the quarterback.
"Hitting quarterbacks and make (them) fumble (the) ball," said Temesgen Larson.
"He's a really good tackler. Really strong upper body. He clogs up the middle for the other team, makes it difficult for them to run the football," said Meister.
Coach Andrew Meister said Teme Larson always has a positive attitude and is fun to be around.
"I've never seen him without that smile on his face," said Meister.
The teenager knows the Larsons gave him the opportunity to have a good life.
"Yes, it's very good," said Temesgen Larson.
Teme said he's grateful to go to school and to play sports, and he hopes his story inspires other people not to be content sitting on the sidelines.
With football season wrapping up, Temesgen Larson is now looking forward to wrestling season.
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