Against All Odds
Trashaun Willis “the one armed QB” gained fame when a video of him throwing down a slam dunk in a basketball game went viral. That was back when he was 14 in the eighth grade. He’s been busy since, as a standout multi-sport athlete for Washington High School (Iowa) playing both Basketball and Football.
He was born with amniotic band syndrome, a condition where amniotic bands entangle the fetus and stunt the growth of parts of the body, Trashaun's left arm ends where his elbow would be, his "little arm," as he likes to call it.
Willis was never phased by his condition, in fact, he’s been a beacon of hope to others with this or similar conditions. He befriended and is encouraging a 6-year-old child from Iowa who has the same congenital defect as him which garnered him more media coverage.
Willis has had a long time goal of becoming a division-I athlete to help inspire children like him and show them anything is possible. He achieved that goal last week when Lamar University, an FCS program in Beaumont, Texas, offered him a football scholarship.
He also holds offers from Loras (Division III), William Penn (NAIA), St. Ambrose (NAIA) and Mount Marty (NAIA).
Willis, a 6-foot-5 senior who stars on the Football and Basketball teams for the Demons, racked up 1,430 total yards and a whopping 25 touchdowns as Washington's quarterback, plus 37.5 tackles and a pick-six as a middle linebacker this season. He caught the attention of the media once again back in September but this time it wasn’t due to a viral video or a heartwarming story. It was Willis’s impressive performance in a 41–27 victory over the Mt. Pleasant Panthers in which he scored six touchdowns—three passing and three rushing. An incredible feat for any player but no doubt remarkable for a one armed athlete.
"I’m used to getting looked at as, like, an underdog," Willis told the Des Moines Register back in 2017. "So it just makes me perform harder and do better and try to do better than everyone else."
Willis is a member of the 2021 recruiting class and has worked relentlessly to get to this point.
He looks up to Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin who has the same condition as Willis and made it to the pros as a fifth round draft pick out of UCF in the 2018 NFL draft.
Willis is a two time All-State linebacker and has stated that he doesn’t care if it’s the NBA or NFL, he just wants to continue competing and inspiring kids with the same or similar defects. He believes that if he works hard enough, there’s nothing that can hold him back from the pros even if it is against all odds.
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