Who Says I Can't

Who Says I Can't

The Astonishing Story of a Fearless Life

Rob Mendez

$14.99

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On paper, Coach Rob Mendez sounds like any other football coach on any other field across America: passionate, authoritative, knowledgeable. But he’s unlike any other coach you know--in fact, he’s probably unlike any other person you know.

Born with an extraordinarily rare condition called tetra-Amelia syndrome, Rob has no arms or legs. He moves with the assistance of a custom-made, motorized wheelchair that he operates with his back and shoulders.

Many people look at Rob and see limitation, yet Rob sees opportunity: Opportunity to pursue his passion for football. Opportunity to change the way people perceive physical disability. Opportunity to serve as a role model for the hundreds of kids he’s coached over the years.

Told with both humor and frankness, Who Says I Can’t? takes readers on Rob’s incredible journey, from his birth to loving parents who wanted to afford him every chance for happiness, to the emotional and physical hurdles he faced while seeking independence, to receiving the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPY Awards in 2019.

Each day, Coach Rob rolls onto the field and shows his players that dreams are achievable when you show up, do the work, and believe in yourself. And after reading this book you, too, will believe that anything is possible.


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Rob Mendez:

Coach Rob Mendez sounds like any other football coach on any other field across America: passionate, authoritative, knowledgeable. But he is like no other coach you know.

       Rob was born with an extraordinarily rare condition called tetra-amelia syndrome. He has no arms or legs. He moves with the assistance of a custom-made, motorized wheelchair that he operates with his back and shoulders, and diagrams football plays on a smartphone, using a stylus that he maneuvers at lightning speed with his mouth. A lifelong sports fan, Rob grew up watching San Francisco 49ers games with his family, and later learned the intricacies of the game by playing endless hours of Madden football video games. And that is just one aspect of his incredible story.

       Rob was the manager of his high school football team in Gilroy, California, and became an assistant coach shortly after graduating. He was a fixture on the Bay Area high school football coaching scene for more than a dozen years before moving to Southern California. He is currently the head junior varsity coach at a high school near San Diego.

       A busy and accomplished motivational speaker, as well as a successful coach, Rob has been the subject of dozens of profiles in national media, as well as the ESPN documentary short feature, Who Says I Can’t? The film was nominated for a 2019 Emmy Award and was entered in the Tribeca Film Festival.

       In the summer of 2019 Rob was named the winner of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPY Awards. After more than thirty years, he continues to beat the odds and serve as an inspiration for people worldwide who are facing adversity.

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