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Published October 27, 2012, 05:21 PM

Starting high school football player does it all with one arm

Shelly, MN (WDAY TV) -- A high school senior football player has an inspirational story that stretches far past his his teammates.

By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ, WDAY

Shelly, MN (WDAY TV) -- A high school senior football player has an inspirational story that stretches far past his his teammates.

Taylor Grove of Shelly, Minnesota lost his left arm in a farming accident at the age of two, but that doesn't stop his infectious optimism.

We've told you about him before. 18-year-old Taylor Grove. On the basketball court...with one arm.

Pretty impressive, but picture this.

Starting Defensive Linebacker, Kicker, and captain of the Fisher/Climax Football Team, and he does it all, with one arm.

"Let's go Taylor"

Taylor: "Football is a little easier for me than basketball."

Grove says it's easier to wrap his right arm around someone's knee.

Taylor: "Just hold on for dear life and pull them down."

Or just knock them down with his force.

Taylor: "jamming 'em and hittin 'em hard is a lot of fun."

Coach: "he's one in a million, diamond in the ruff, he gives it 110 percent all the time."

His coach says his positive attitude off the field, shines through when he's playing and encourages his teammates.

Michael/Teammate: "He's always upbeat about everything and ready to go."

Taylor: "Let's go, GET ERR DONE"

Coach: "Everyone's just wow, what a kid, why can't we all be like that."

And the only thing on Grove's mind when he's playing:

Taylor: "I hope I don't screw up, I hope I don't miss."

Jaden/friend: "He hits kids as hard as he can every play."

But that doesn't seem to be a problem.

Coach: "He's just a go getter and he goes and sticks people."

Taylor: "I'm doing the best I can with what I've got."

Grove says he could have bad days if he wanted -- but he holds his head high despite his disability.

Coach: "There's never a bad day for Taylor Grove, it's always a good day."

Michael/friend: "He's one, one amazing person that's for sure."

Jaden/friend: "no matter what the circumstances are, it's all heart."

All heart, for a kid, who just wants to show, he's just like everyone else.


But his teammates, coaches, and peers say, he's a step above the rest.

Coach: "If every player had a heart like him and the desire and the goal--it'd be one heck of a football team."

Taylor: "I'm just out to prove the world that even someone handicapped can still do something good."

Grove's football season just ended this Tuesday. He'll be starting practice for basketball season in just a few weeks.