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Seattle Seahawk, Derrick Coleman, talks about the grit it took to become the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL.

Inspiration from the 50-yard line

Seattle Seahawk fullback, Derrick Coleman, is the first legally deaf offensive player in NFL history. To be effective on the field he has to read lips, advocate for his needs continually, and use powerful hearing aids—which he keeps in place and protected with a double layer of skullcaps. Where did Coleman learn to believe in himself enough, that he would one day make it to the The Big Game with his team? Two words: “Mom” and “Dad.”

Discussion

There are 14 comments.

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Hear15 says: Posted on Jan 30, 2014
Go Seahawks! Keep up the good work Derrick Coleman!
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pjcusick says: Posted on Jan 31, 2014
Thanks Derrick for showing everyone that hearing loss does not have to hold you back from your dreams! Go Seahawks!
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TennisWay says: Posted on Jan 31, 2014
Hearing "impaired" I think not. Mr. Coleman is a person with a loss of good hearing. Thank you for the inspirational message.
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Michelly says: Posted on Feb 01, 2014
I don't know you personally, but I'm so proud of you and all you have accomplished. Also, you are the inspiration I needed today. I thank you and God for that! I'm new to the hearing loss world and it's a difficult road some days. I have a 5 yr. old son with Aspergers. I sometimes wonder if I can be the mom he deserves and help him with communication skills when I can't even hear him when he chooses to speak. It doesn't take long for me to get over things though. I couldn't hear the doorbell earlier and it forced my son to tell me the pizza man was at the door. That made me so happy and proud of him. Go Derrick!! Get that ring tomorrow!! I'll be cheering for you. :)
God's blessings, Michelly
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Hook3161 says: Posted on Feb 02, 2014
Derek you are such an inspiration! I have a 7.5 year old son who is hearing impaired. He loves playing football. We try and teach him too that regardless of his hearing loss he can do anything he sets his mind too. When I showed him your videos he said he wants to be just like you! We will be cheering you on today here in Jersey!
Colleen Hook
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Jeff2006 says: Posted on Feb 02, 2014
So proud of you! You are an inspiration!!
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Emmie'sMom says: Posted on Feb 03, 2014
You are such an inspiration! My 4 yr. old daughter has recently been diagnosed with hearing loss. She has had her new ears for only one week! We watch your videos daily, sometimes multiple times. She now wants to put panty hose on her head just like you! Thank you thank you thank you for being an amazing role model for so many people! So proud !
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HopeLavonia says: Posted on Feb 03, 2014
What an amazing story to share with children who are faced with hearing challenges. I remember when telling one of my friends about my sons hearing loss, she asked with concern " what sport will he be able to play" I told her any sport he wanted!!! What a great story to have as an example. I hope to give courage to my son that he can do anything just as his parents gave to him
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Louis Powell says: Posted on Feb 05, 2014
Derrick, I am a fan of your not because of your celebrity or what you have done, because of who you are; not because you are hearing impaired, because you did not listen to those who said you couldn't. Peace, brother!
Louis Powell
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Louis Powell says: Posted on Feb 05, 2014
Derrick, I am a fan of your not because of your celebrity or what you have done, because of who you are; not because you are hearing impaired, because you did not listen to those who said you couldn't. Peace, brother!
Louis Powell
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tiffjp71 says: Posted on Mar 25, 2014
An inspiration to so many Deaf and HOH!!!!!
Never meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with catsup.
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Daintylady says: Posted on Apr 10, 2014
I am profound deaf n my attitude is like your parents...you gotta stay in the main stream or you will become to love your quiet world so much that you will hate to mingle with people. And when you do that...you will only limit yourself. I just found out recently that you are deaf...i am very proud of you and how far you have come. Good for you!
Gerri
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Daintylady says: Posted on Apr 10, 2014
I am profound deaf n my attitude is like your parents...you gotta stay in the main stream or you will become to love your quiet world so much that you will hate to mingle with people. And when you do that...you will only limit yourself. I just found out recently that you are deaf...i am very proud of you and how far you have come. Good for you!
Gerri
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cashpak8 says: Posted on Nov 03, 2014
I love your attitude Derrick! You really are a fantastic role model for young hearing impaired individuals. Keep living and breathing that passion--good luck!

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