Born with Cerebral Palsy, Andrew Dubowsky is an inspiration for UNK football

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KEARNEY, Neb - Anyone can draw inspiration whether its from a quote or a movie. A lot of the time it's from a person. Andrew Dubowsky is that for the UNK football team.

Life has not always been easy for him. Born with Cerebral Palsy, he has limited use of his legs. Regardless of what life has thrown at him he has powered through.

"I found that sports I am not different than anyone else. I can compete like everyone else and just have fun," Dubowsky said. "It has just really meant a lot to me to have sports be in my life. I don't think I would be here right now if it wasn't for sports."

To the UNK football team and Lineback Sal Silvio, he is an inspiration to everyone he meets.

"When we're out here on the field every day and we see him over there everyday. He doesn't miss a single practice," Silvio said. "We just think that if he can do that. If he can get over all his obstacles, then we can come out and practice and give it our all every day."

During the Lopers' spring game, the team gave him something he will never forget, a chance to score a touchdown wearing a Loper uniform.

"That was honestly amazing. That meant a lot to me because my dream was to always be a quarterback," Dubowsky said. "I've always looked up to many college and pro. And just being able to get into that endzone. That meant a lot to me.

Dubowsky said people have doubted him his whole life but he does not let it bother him. He chooses to live his life by three words instead.

"Never give up. No matter how hard things get, it's not in my DNA to just quit. I'm always going to have struggle," he said. "I am always going to have obstacles but I am always going to continue to fight through them and get things done."

Dubowsky is set to graduate this December. Once he leaves UNK his dream is to become a college football coach. But before that he gets one more season at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium, doing what he loves.