Wickenburg coach Carter Crosland, born without arms, legs, surprised with Super Bowl tickets
Carter Crosland's story at Wickenburg has been well-documented, how he always aspired to be a football coach, despite being born without arms and legs, how his voice reaches kids with motivational messages, and the impact he's had on the Wickenburg community since moving from Utah last year.
But, never in his wildest dreams, did he believe the NFL and the Arizona Cardinals would surprise him with a pep rally, which happened to fall on the same day (Jan. 9) that coach Kliff Kingsbury was fired by the Cardinals.
No arms, no legs, no excuses: Wickenburg football coach Carter Crosland sees no obstacles
During the entire school pep assembly at Wickenburg High School's gym, there was a video tribute from some of the Cardinals players that included the surprise of two Super Bowl 57 tickets given to him.
"I was completely shocked," said Crosland, who was hired by head coach Ishmael MacNeil as an assistant coach last summer. "It was definitely the best-kept secret."
Crosland's story, including the surprise pep assembly with the Super Bowl tickets, will be aired in a mini-documentary feature this week on the NFL Network, leading up to the Super Bowl in Glendale, where the Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
"It means a lot to me," Crosland said. "I'm honored to be here as a coach, and I am learning to embrace my story and being able to share it.
"For the longest time, I never thought much about my story because, in my mind, I was just doing what everyone around me was doing. It's only recently where I've kind of been made aware of the impact I can have on people's lives. Learning to embrace that has taken a little getting used to, but if I can help even just one person it's worth it."
Crosland said this will be the first Super Bowl he has ever attended, and having it played in Arizona, he said, makes it even more special.
"I love all of the storylines of this game," Crosland said. "Andy Reid having coached the Eagles and now the Chiefs. The Kelce brothers going up against each other. I mean, how can you not love that?
"I don't have a rooting interest either way, so I'm just excited to go watch an incredible game featuring two unbelievable teams."
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