Frank Addington Jr. was born with a sunken chest that required surgery at age 4.
“Mine was severe enough that, without the surgery, my heart and lungs would not be able to develop,” said the 46-year-old exhibition shooter from West Virginia. “My rib cage would not permit my heart and lungs to grow.”
Addington's physical affliction kept him from playing most sports while growing up.
“I wasn't allowed to do a lot of things that boys do, but thank God I had two parents that hunt and fish,” he said.
Addington's parents were in the archery business, so he naturally developed an interest in shooting bows. He also was blessed with tremendous eyesight. His vision still today is 20/8.
“That is crazy, super good eyesight,” Addington said. “I found out early in life I had the ability to hit what I shot at.”
Addington, known as the “Aspirin Buster,” will be appearing at the Oklahoma Tackle, Hunting and Boat Show this weekend in Oklahoma City.
Addington has been performing his exhibition shooting with a recurve bow since 1985. He has appeared in Oklahoma City before, but this will be his first time back in several years.
He is famous for knocking baby aspirin out of the air while shooting the bow behind his back. He will shoot at multiple targets with multiple arrows at the same time.
“Accuracy with a bow is pretty simple when you shoot instinctively,” Addington said. “It's all about target acquisition: Seeing the target, drawing the bow and then firing.”
And with 20/8 eyesight, Addington sees the targets really well.
Addington's exhibition shooting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday; 1 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday.