Kris Silbaugh is a Wide Receiver for Cambridge Springs High School in Cambridge Springs, PA — and he is absolutely killin’ it.
Per USA Today High School Sports‘ Jason Jordan:
Last Friday, Silbaugh became Cambridge Springs’ all-time receiving yards (915) leader when he snagged a 43-yard touchdown catch during a 63-0 win over Saegertown (Saegertown, Pa.).
“I knew I was close to it last year, but I had forgotten about it,” Silbaugh said of breaking the previous record of 912 yards from 1998. “I was shocked; one of my coaches told me at halftime and I was just like, ‘Oh wow!’ It definitely makes me feel good that I was able to do that, but I always believe in myself.”
What makes Kris’ story so special is that he is doing all of this with only one hand.
“It was just some sort of birth defect,” Kris Silbaugh said. “Nothing was wrong. It has never stopped me. I just don’t let it; never have.”
Despite his handicap, the kid has insane talent — per the same USA Today article: HE RUNS A 4.4-SECOND 40-YARD DASH.
“I’m pretty confident because of my speed and I just feel like every ball is a catchable ball for me,” said Silbaugh, who also plays volleyball and basketball. “I’ve been getting a few letters from colleges, but I’m just focusing on the season. I just want to help the team in any way that I can.”
The next school record that Kris is likely to break is “all-time receptions”, which currently sits at 57 total. Kris has 38, and assuming he plays full-time … he expects to surpass this mark before season’s end:
“I definitely want all of the records I can get,” Silbaugh said. “It’s crazy that, at first, no one knew me and now I get the best guy in the secondary all the time. I still feel like I have to prove people wrong because there’s always someone in the stands that hasn’t seen me play. I know that people will always be shocked at what I’m able to do because I only have one hand, but my goal is to be known as a dominant player, period.”
Don’t believe how awesome this kid is? Check it out for yourself…
I think I speak for everyone when I say: man, this kid makes it look easy.