SAN JOSE — Rob Mendez sounds like any other football coach on any other field across America — passionate, authoritative, knowledgeable — but he is like no other coach you know.
He has no arms or legs. He moves in a custom-made wheelchair that he operates with his shoulders. He diagrams plays on a smartphone attached to the chair, using a stylus that he maneuvers with his mouth.
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He does all this with a spirit  that seems to lift everyone around him — players, coaches, strangers, peers, and family.
“He’s kind of like the light in a dark room,” said Mendez’s father, Robert Sr. “He’s the same for us as he is for other people.”
Mendez, 28, is an assistant coach at San Jose High. Born without limbs, a condition his parents learned about a month before birth, he has been beating the odds for almost 30 years.
He …
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