One-handed high school football star earns respect of NFL

Kris Silbaugh is Cambridge Springs High School's star wide receiver.

The 18-year-old 6-foot-3 senior runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. In addition to being an honor student and homecoming king, he has also broken his school's all-time receiving yards and touchdown records, reports CBS News correspondent Don Dahler.

And he does it all with one hand.

"I always believed I could do whatever I put my mind to. Some things may be harder than others, but if I work at it, I always believed that I could do it," Silbaugh said. "I would say starting off as a kid, I was trying to prove something but as of now, I'm just living life, enjoying it."

Silbaugh was born without his left hand and raised in the Erie, Pennsylvania foster care system. Three years ago, Frank and Mary Tipping took him in.

"I'd say it's been hard in some parts of it, but it's better now so that's all that matters," Silbaugh said.

Despite his physical challenge, Silbaugh does not think of himself as being disabled.

"In fact, he's had to check off if he's had any disabilities at all and he always checks 'no,' which I think is awesome," Mary said. "We've never seen anything in him - in three years - that he hasn't been able to do."

The teenager has also become an inspiration to others.

"I've been getting contacted by different people around saying I've inspired them and stuff so it's a pretty amazing feeling," Silbaugh said. "I definitely have to keep track of what I'm doing and make sure I'm being a good role model for people looking up to me."

For Silbaugh, that role model is Odell Beckhamk Jr., a New York Giants wide receiver who is famous for his astounding one-hand catches.

Silbaugh was thrilled when he got to meet his role model recently at the Giants' training center.

Giants Coach Tom Coughlin took the opportunity as a lesson and a chance to inspire his own players.

"There are millions of people who tell you all your life 'no,' what you can't do, millions of people who tell you you're not good enough, you can't do this, you can't do that. This is why this is such a great story. He just broke the all-time receiving record at his high school," Coughlin told his team.

Silbaugh has already fielded some college offers and aspires to continue his football career. For those who look up him, the high school star has this important message.

"I tell them you can do whatever you put your mind to so if there's somewhere you want to go, do that, you're not sure about, you think you can do, if you believe and you're positive, I tell them that they can do anything,"

For this scholar-athlete, the sky's the limit.