Beggs Oklahoma is the kind of high school football hotbed where student athletes are minor celebrities. Friday nights are made for football, and the players who line up are supported unequivocally. This year, there’s a very special Beggs player who has earned the respect and appreciation of fans on both sidelines, all for what he’s overcome.
As first reported by Tulsa Fox affiliate KOKI, Joe Martell III has emerged as a reliable defensive linemen on the Beggs junior varsity football team despite being just a freshman. He’s made such an impact on the line that he’s earned inclusion to the varsity team on game days, where he’s seen some game action. That’s an impressive accomplishment for any freshman, let alone one who suits up as a double-amputee.
Martell plays with two prosthetic legs after he had both of his legs amputated before his second birthday after he was born with tibia hemomilia, a condition that meant he had no shin bones. Yet, he moves so well with his prosthetics that they’ve hardly held him back. Add in his upper body athleticism, and Martell has every opportunity to be a major force for Beggs teams for three more years. He plays baseball and basketball as well, and may pursue those sports for Beggs later in his freshman year.
For now, he’s happy just to compete in the sport he loves the most, and prove people wrong in the process.
“A lot of people say I’m amazing for playing,” Martell told KOKI. “People think I can’t do it, I just show them that I can.
“I am a big example for some people. If I can do it, they can do it.”