Snyder overcomes odds to lead PBL

Published 09/03 2014 04:23PM

Updated 09/03 2014 06:35PM

PAXTON, Ill. - You won't find many players who go harder and are more passionate about football than PBL's Tyson Snyder.

"I love football," he said.  "I've been playing since third grade."

And he's been playing with a birth defect that left him with two fingers on his right hand, and a right arm that is several inches shorter than his left.

"[My arm] is a little bit longer than it was," he said.  "Two surgeries have gotten it about five or six inches to make it about as close to even as they can make it."

Snyder knows the challenges and has heard the naysayers.

"I had people tell me 'No, [you're] going to get hurt.  It's not worth it.  You won't be able to do it,'" he said.  "I just use that as a driver really.  I didn't like people telling me 'No,' so I said 'Yes' and did it anyways."

Despite the physical limitations at times, he doesn't see himself differently - and he doesn't want others to see him differently - and his play on the field backs that up.

"He's a leader on this team.  He always has been," said head coach Jeff Graham.  "He has been in our program for four years, just a really hard worker."

"I try to give it my all on every play," Snyder said.  "There's other kids like me that are afraid to do things, and if any of them see this that they can just look up and say 'Wow, he's doing it.'  I hope everyone gets to try something they love, and football is what I love."

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