Albert Kunickis’ favorite football player is recently retired Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
What about the future Hall of Famer resonates with the Lemont junior?
“I like how he’s 5-10, 5-11, everyone doubted him his whole career,” Kunickis said, “‘Oh, you’re too short to play quarterback.’ He overcame that and he’s obviously one of the greatest passers in NFL history.”
Kunickis, who is a starting running back and kicker for the Indians, also faced skeptics when he started playing youth football seven years ago. Coincidentally, he was inspired to do so after watching a typically dazzling performance by Brees.
Then, opposing players were hard on Kunickis, who was like them except for one thing: he was born with a right arm that ends at the elbow.
“They called me names, teased me for it,” Kunickis said. “They tried to get under my skin. (But) it wouldn’t bother me. Just kind of laughed it off.
“Me and my brother would always pick on each other, so we’re used to it.”
Kunickis’ family and teammates never saw him as limited in any way.
“It’s amazing to see him do everything,” said Kunickis’ father, also named Albert. “He always wants to be the best. … He works hard and has to prove himself.”