There’s only one word to describe this interception: Remarkable.
As astutely spotted by the Arizona Republic, our Gannett partner in The Desert State, this is Desert Ridge freshman Michael Orr. Despite competing in his first high school season, he is getting serious time on the school’s varsity squad. Much more impressive still: He’s doing all that with one arm.
Yes. that’s right. Michael Orr is a one-armed defensive back … who is starting … as a freshman. And he’s making jaw dropping plays in the field, too, just like this interception that he literally ripped away from a Mountain Point wide receiver. All with one arm. He also had an interception two weeks ago against Chandler.
“Kids look at him and are amazed at his work ethic and ability,” varsity coach Jeremy Hathcock told the Republic. “They say, ‘If he can give that kind of effort, then I better give it, as well.”’
He can give it, and he gives it extraordinarily well. He refuses to give in to any limitations that should be brought on by his one arm, and he has proved more than once that he has more fight in him than any of his opponents.
Heck, who knows. Maybe Orr might even have a future in football after he’s exhausted his high school eligibility. Given what he has already accomplished it would be foolish to bet against Orr, that’s for sure.