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'My faith is what got me here': Football player with prosthetic legs inspires community at Kenosha Indian Trail

Posted at 11:35 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 12:16:25-04

KENOSHA — "Since my Dad showed me football? I'm like, I'm going to play that sport!" Kenosha Indian Trail Quarterback Lucas Jundt says.

Lucas Jundt is a junior quarterback at Kenosha Indian Trail, who just happens to have prosthetic legs.

"Yeah, everybody on the team is like why is he getting all the fame. And I'm like, sorry for having no feet. I guess they just like that type of stuff! And it inspires kids to, you know what? Hey, I can get off of my lazy butt and go out there and do something that I love," Jundt says.

And to his teammates? He's one of the guys.

"They're like no mercy for you. We're just gonna go at you. And I'm like, that's fine. I love it," Jundt says.

Then you realize his story: Reads like a Hollywood movie.

"My parents abandoned me, at five days old. I was born with a condition called fibula hemimelia. I don't know if I'm pronouncing that right, sorry doctors! But I was born with that. That's basically missing a fibula." Jundt says.

Born in Inner Mongolia, and adopted by a Kenosha couple at age seven.

"They lost three kids. Two to an hour of life. And one for six years. Cancer, and yeah, it was just rough, they went through a lot of hardship and pain. But God said you know what? This is not the end of your story. Your story is still continuing. And I am going to let you adopt a son, and two more kids," Jundt says.

TMJ4 Main Sports Anchor Lance Allan says Lucas is a miracle. Getting here to Kenosha, being on the football field. And now he wants to spread that message not only throughout his community - but across Wisconsin.

"I remember one news station didn't put it in, and I'm like please, put my faith in there. Because my faith, is what got me here. Because of God. I am here," Jundt says. "He opened the door for me, to play football."

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