With the discipline of an NFL Quarterback, seven year old David Jimenez is still running drills even though his season is over. He may be young, but he’s been resilient since birth. David was born with a unique heart condition. He was just a week old when he had open heart surgery.
Even though his heart was barely the size of a penny David pushed through the surgery with the strength of an offensive lineman. His dad, Raul Jimenez remembers how grateful he was to have his son alive and well. “I actually thought he was never going to be able to play any sports at all. I was already getting ready for a life of video games with him. God blessed me big time with him and now i get to enjoy him outside too” says Jimenez.
There’s no shortage of time on the field for this family as Jimenez is also David’s assistant coach. Jimenez gets a perfect view of his son in action from the sidelines. The scar on his chest is the only sign David has of his heart condition. On the field, you’d never know his tiny heart was ever in danger. David led his team to the playoffs this season running for 26 touch downs; impressive stats even for a pee wee quarterback. He hopes one day he'll be as good as his favorite NFL quarterback, Tom Brady. David has a few decades before we can see him on Sunday Night Football, until then, David hopes he can lead the Doral Broncos to the super bowl and come one step closer to his NFL dreams.