At the New Boston high school in Michigan, one member of the football team is unique - player No.60, Ron Summick, has an artificial limb.
SV Players going on to field
GV Ron Summick (No.60) at kickoff
CU Artificial leg and play
SV Tackle practice
CU Coach and play
REPORTER: "Why are you fighting the case in Court?"
SUMMICK: "Ah, I don't know .. I don't think the rules fair, ah, not letting the person play .. if he's good enough to play, ah, should let him play if he's got a handicap or not."
RUSSO: "He's our best offensive tackle."
REPORTER: "Is his leg a handicap?"
RUSSO: "Ah, not for his position, no, I don't know, he does an excellent job there. We have a hard time getting him downfield on blocks but underline he's one of the best to come."
REPORTER: "How do you feel about others in the same situation?"
RUSSO: "Anybody that has enough nerve and loves the game of foot-ball as much as Ron, ah, regardless of the handicap as long as it's not dangerous to him or any of his opponents I think they should be allowed to play the game."
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Background: At the New Boston high school in Michigan, one member of the football team is unique - player No.60, Ron Summick, has an artificial limb. His right leg was severed below the knee in a mower accident two years ago.
Summick's comeback was proceeding well, until a referee noticed him limping in October and discovered he was an amputee.
The National High School Athletic Association has decided that artificial limbs could be dangerous, and they've been declared illegal.
Since then, things haven't been going well for Summick or his coach Jum Russo. They've lost all but one of their games this season, and now Summick is involved in a Court case to decide whether he can continue to play football.
Summick is still in his left tackle spot, but only because of a Court Order. Whether he gets to finish the season depends on another Court hearing in Detroit.
Russo says Summick is the only offensive linesman at the New Boston school not injured this year.
SYNOPSIS: It hasn't been an easy season for coach Jim Russo and his American football team at the New Boston High School in Michigan. They've lost all but one of their games, and one of their players is involved in a dispute about whether or not he'll be allowed to play again. No.60 - Ron Summick - has an artificial leg.
Summick's right leg was severed below the knee in a mower accident two years ago. His comeback was going well until a referee noticed him limping and discovered he was an amputee. Now he's been banned ..
The coach says Summick is the only offensive linesman in the team not injured this year. Whether he'll be allowed to play football depends on the High School Athletic Association and a Court hearing in the near future.