Posted: Sep 1, 2013 9:11 PM by MTN Sports
WORDEN, MT - 48 hours after scoring two touchdowns in his return to the football field just 10 months after having the bottom half of his right leg amputated, Koni Dole has become a national inspiration.
The highlights Q2 shot of Dole's first game back last Friday aired on ESPN's SportsCenter Saturday and Fox News' Fox and Friends Sunday, and Dole's story has appeared on a number of national publication websites, such as USA Today.
Dole, a senior at Huntley Project, ran for 10 yards on the first play of the Red Devils' game against Joliet. He then scored the first points of the season on a 1-yard TD run later in the drive. Dole, who started at running back and defensive end, also had a sack in one half of work.
Dole chose to have his leg amputated when an infection developed after surgery to repair a broken leg he suffered in the final game of the Red Devils' 2012 season. He wrestled for the Devils just months later, and ran track earlier this spring.
Dole plays with an athletic blade on his right leg similar to the ones South African distance runner Oscar Pistorius made famous at the 2012 London Olympics.