Garrett Tech football player overcomes disability to become force on the field

Published: Sep. 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM EDT|Updated: Feb. 15, 2014 at 5:50 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - One Lowcountry high school football player had to make a big decision before he could start living his dream.

Under the lights on Friday night, and under the sun in afternoon practice, football players from Garrett Tech battle in the trenches. Made up of juniors, the great wall of Garrett Tech is anchored by Ron Singleton.

Singleton is 6'5" and 230 pounds, and he's doing the dirty work with only one arm.

When asked if anyone tries to take advantage, Singleton says,"Oh yeah, but I'm not going to let that happen."

After he was born, Singleton's left arm never fully developed.

"I couldn't really use it. It was dead weight," Singleton said.  Then came high school and his new passion for football.

"He had to make a decision to get his arm cut so he could play football," said Rick Burns, head coach for Garrett Tech."And he wanted to play football so bad, he wanted to do that."

So the lineman made a choice. He amputated his left arm.

"He comes in as a freshman and we're thinking how is this guy going to play football with one arm," Burns said."But he worked real hard."

And Burns says the lineman's hard work is paying off.

"We asked the guys what four leaders they want up front and Ron was one of the four they chose," Burns said.

"They treat me the same. I do the same thing other players do," Singleton said."That's one thing I love. They don't see me as a disadvantage. They see me as an advantage and they use me for my abilities."

And with one arm, Singleton is leading the charge.

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