Posted: Sep 2, 2013 10:22 AM by MTN Sports
Updated: Sep 2, 2013 10:22 AM
WORDEN, MT - Less than 48 hours after scoring two touchdowns in his return to the football field, Koni Dole has become a national inspiration.
Dole, the Huntley Project senior, returned to the gridiron Friday night, just 10 months after undergoing amputation on his right leg. The highlights MTN Sports shot of Dole's first game back last Friday aired on ESPN's SportsCenter Saturday and Fox News' Fox and Friends Sunday, and Dole's story has appeared on a number of national publication websites, such as USA Today.
Dole ran for 10 yards on the first play of the Red Devils' game against Joliet. He then scored the first points of the season on a 1-yard TD run later in the drive. Dole, who started at running back and defensive end, also had a sack in one half of work.
Dole chose to have his leg amputated when an infection developed after surgery on a broken leg he suffered in the final game of the Red Devils' 2012 season. He wrestled for the Devils just months later, and ran track earlier this spring.
Dole plays with an athletic blade on his right leg similar to the kind South African distance runner Oscar Pistorius made famous at the 2012 London Olympics.