HS Receiver Born with 1 Hand Breaks School Record for Receiving Yards

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterSeptember 15, 2015

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Kris Silbaugh is an explosive high school wide receiver drawing interest from several colleges—which is a neat thing to be when you only have one hand. 

As USA Today High School Sports' Jason Jordan reports, Silbaugh was born without a left hand.

"It was just some sort of birth defect," Silbaugh told Jordan. "Nothing was wrong. It has never stopped me. I just don't let it. Never have."

And by "never," Silbaugh means not even in the beginning.

He figured out how to tie his own shoes at the age of five, and once they were tied, he started torching the competition in recreational football. 

Silbaugh burned defenders with his speed and became the guy everyone wanted on his pickup team.

Now, the Cambridge Springs (Pennsylvania) senior is his high school football team's most dangerous scoring threat, having already broken the school's record for receiving yards with a 43-yard touchdown against Saegertown last Friday.

Just watch his highlight tapes. Silbaugh is 6'3" and runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash—about the same time as Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones, for reference. 

As Cambridge Springs head coach Justin Grubbs maintains, Silbaugh went from heartwarming story to lifeblood of the offense really quick after making the varsity squad his freshman year.

It went from the guys being excited to see if [Silbaugh] could actually do something to them counting on him to make plays. It's just amazing to see what he's able to do. He makes catches that you wouldn't believe. He's a guy that defenses have to have a game plan for and he's just so fast.

Kind of puts things in perspective.


Dan is on Twitter. He played HS football, and other coaches probably thought he was a tall lawnchair or something.

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