'That heart, you can't teach': Valley teenager who lost his sight at age 5 excels on football field

Posted at 11:16 AM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 16:32:53-05

It's time for Fouhy's Small Stars!

At first glance, Adonis Watt looks just like the other players on his fusion football team.

Same uniform. Same helmet. Same enthusiasm.

"When he's in his uniform is the time when I feel like he's most like other kids, because they all are lined up, they all have their helmet, they have their pads on," said Veronica Watt, Adonis' mom.

And let's face it, having your child play football isn't the easiest of decisions for parents these days.

"I'm scared like any other mom," Veronica said.

But what doesn't happen all that often is letting your blind son play football.

Adonis, who attends Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School in Phoenix, started playing football when he was just five years old -- just months before he suffered the side effects of something known as congenital glaucoma.

"He said, 'Mom, if I get hurt, it's not because I'm blind, it's because its a tough sport. It's football,'" Veronica said.

For Adonis, there was never a question or any hesitation. Football, as he says, is his thing.

"It's my thing, you know? I started watching football when I was like five," he said. "I was blind when I was like five, and I was like, 'Why not?'"

Why not? We could probably come up with a million reasons why not. But for Cedric Jones -- AKA "Coach C.J." -- having Adonis around is simply inspirational.

"That guy is a character, man," Jones said. "When he first came out here, we didn't know what to expect. Having a blind kid on the team, you're always thinking safety first.

"He's exactly opposite. He's reckless abandon. That heart, you can't teach."

And what about his teammates? Well, as you might guess, they have stories, such as this one from Kaden Lentz.

"One of our players, he says, 'Adonis, where's your bag? Is it the green one?' And Adonis is like, 'I don't know, let me look!' And he's like, 'Oh, wait,'" Kaden said.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Adonis doesn't just play football.

"Wrestling season is about to come up in about a month, so I'm going to do that, too," he said.

Congratulations, Adonis Watt: You're this week's inspirational Small Star!