Middle school quarterback snaps football, carries diabetes on field

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KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Mason Martin wears many hats. He's a a football player, a son and a triplet.

On and off the field, the quarterback's mom said he carries something much larger than a football.

"I didn't really want to believe it, so I kept thinking we need to get a second opinion. But everyone kept saying, 'No, his blood sugar was in the 800s,' so it was verified right then," said Amanda, Mason Martin's mother.

Martin has type one diabetes.

"I lost a lot of weight at first," said Martin, quarterback at Kingston Middle School in Kingston, Tennessee. "It was pretty scary."

Martin takes four shots a day to balance his sugar levels, even in the middle of a game.

"When we're playing our games, I have to take my shots in the games and people say, 'Stand up,' and they get kind of mad at me but they don't get it that I have diabetes," said Martin.

Number 11 doesn't let what happens on the sidelines affect him on the field.

"I don't think about it at all," said Martin. "It doesn't get in my way."

Both of Martin's brothers are his teammates and support him all the way.

"I think it's awesome to see him going out there and playing his heart out and playing really hard, and not letting diabetes get in the way of how he plays," said Malachi, Martin's brother.

As for his mom, she said she's glad to see her son suit up and snap the ball.

"It makes my heart happy that he can do what I know he loves to do," said Amanda.

Read the original version of this article at local8now.com.