Mt. Juliet Christian football player defies odds to find success

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MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – Courage, determination, and inspiration—That’s the story of Andrew “Real Deal” Kittrel.

He plays for the football team of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, which is in the middle of a successful season, one they haven’t seen in a while.

The team credits that success to Andrew, a young man that won’t let a birth condition stand in his way.

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Andrew has ABS, amniotic band syndrome, and only 1 in about 1,200 babies across the nation are born with it. ABS can cause a number of different birth anomalies, such as amputated limbs or digits, cleft lip and palate, or clubfeet.

News 2’s Photojournalist Larry “Sky” Walker spent an evening with the team, bringing us this remarkable story about the junior linebacker. Hear his story in the video above.

Mt. Juliet’s next game is this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Lebanon against Friendship Christian School.

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