Seattle Seahawk Making N.F.L. History

Published 01/31 2014 06:43AM

Updated 01/31 2014 09:50AM

At first glance, Seattle Seahawks full back Derrick Coleman seems like an average guy, but if you take a closer look, you may notice something a little different. He's been deaf since he was three years old. Coleman is the first legally deaf player in the N.F.L. and he's living his dream.
"I have hearing loss. You know, I didn't go around saying, oh why me, or anything like that. It's just what it is," he said. "There are worse things out there. So whenever you get a blessing, an opportunity like this, to play in the super bowl, why not you?"

Coleman wears hearing aids in both ears and he says he reads lips, and occasionally has to ask which play his team called. He's proof of what can happen if you work to overcome obstacles. "If somebody tells me I can't do something, I'm gonna try real hard to prove them wrong. If i still can't do it, at least I know I tried my best, and I gave it all." He might not get much playing time this Sunday, but no matter what, he's become an inspiration to people with hearing loss.

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