SPRINGFIELD, Mo. _ A Springfield athlete isn’t afraid to laugh at some of the quirks that come with playing soccer with a prosthetic leg. For example, David Odun-Ayo wears a shin guard on his prosthesis. The Glendale High School senior chuckles, saying, “The rules are rules.”
The Springfield News-Leader reports that the native Nigerian was born with part of his right leg missing. When he went out for soccer this year, he initially told the coaches he was a midfielder, a mixture of offense and defense. But Glendale’s coaches liked his aggressive style of play and relentless hustle, so they made him a forward.
He also has played football and wrestled at Glendale.
To many, he’s an inspiration. He just wants to be one of the guys.