To many this was a devastating experience, but to the Cote family, Dustin's father who had already gone through a similar experience himself at the age of 19, knew he'd be able to get his son through it. "Dusty's entire life he's only seen me with fingers on one hand and I've been the one who has taught him most of the things he does today."
In the beginning, Dustin was worried about being able to play football again when his school season started that January, at Mountain Vista Middle School. He spent months in painful physical-therapy appointments and surgeries but he never gave up.
Dustin was not only able to play football that following season at Mountain Vista Middle School, but this year, as a freshman at San Tan Foothills High School, he played his first high school football on the Varsity Team Friday night in Tombstone, where they won 53-6.
"My son Dustin played his first highschool football game last night and he is on the Varsity team not JV. I am so proud of my son! I LOVE YOU," said Bruce Cote, Dustin's father and owner of A-1 Hand Handyman.
"My dad told me right after the accident that I can still do whatever I want and not to let it stop me. He was right."