SBLive has partnered with motivational speaker and California high school football coach Rob Mendez to bring you a weekly football show that takes you behind the scenes with local football coaches and players. The SBLive Football Show, featuring SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette and Mendez, will shine a spotlight on football teams across Southern California.
Mendez, who won the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2019 ESPYs, was born without arms and legs. He is currently the JV football coach at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista, Calif. Mendez is a well-traveled motivational speaker who has inspired countless athletes and coaches with his story of determination.
In the pilot episode, Mendez and Morrissette speak with Taft high school football coach Aron Gideon about building a program in the middle of a pandemic. Coach Mendez also breaks down film on Class of 2022 Servite quarterback Noah Fifita, and talks about the 2021 St. John Bosco football team, last season’s undisputed national champions.