The email I received from Carl Joseph on Monday was nothing short of a revelation. I was not familiar with his story, but when you see him in action you quickly learn it is one of courage, fortitude, and faith.
Joseph is a nominee for Florida's High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The selections will be announced in February.
If Joseph makes it into the Hall, it would add yet another historic chapter to an already amazing life.
What the man nicknamed "Sugarfoot" did in the early 1980s is unprecedented in high school athletics. He earned eight varsity letters while playing on one leg. Whether it was on the track, basketball court, or gridiron, Joseph persevered.
He went on to play varsity football at Bethune-Cookman College and received his degree in physical education in 1987.
Now 47, Joseph teaches special-needs children and is the defensive coordinator for the Jefferson County High School football team in his hometown of Tallahassee. He is also the father of nine and tours the gospel circuit as lead singer of the group Carl Joseph & the Spiritual Tru-Tones.
Joseph recently reacquired footage from his high school days that was used years ago on TV shows such as That's Incredible! and Today. He has put the video up on YouTube, and it has already drawn about 44,000 viewers in just two weeks.
In addition to the YouTube video, Joseph has a website—www.greatsportstory.com—that discusses his life in greater detail.
We send our best to Joseph and his family this holiday season and hope to hear of his induction into the Hall of Fame in a matter of weeks. At a time when many are struggling just to get through the day, his story is indeed an inspiration.
Good luck, Carl.