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The Helmet Bowl I National Championship Story, Part 3

By Jeff Zogg

GallaudetSam Atkinson, the Gallaudet University Sports Information Director, set his alarm early and swung out of bed. It was the final day of voting for the Helmet Bowl I National Championship. His Bison had made it to the matchup, rallied thousands and thousands of votes, but was struggling against the San Diego State Aztecs and their deep red helmet with the Aztec calendar embossing.

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Source: Helmet Tracker

The Helmet Bowl I National Championship Story, Part 2

By Jeff Zogg

GallaudetGallaudet Plans a National Championship Run

Gallaudet is the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing university. It is the only such university in the world.

“Once we won our conference, I started making plans,” Sam said. “I knew that if we were to get into the national tournament, our social media presence would give us a good shot at it.”

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Source: Helmet Tracker

The Helmet Bowl I National Championship Story, Part 1

By Jeff Zogg

GallaudetAs Sam Atkinson swung out of bed early Monday morning, he wondered if he’d made a mistake.

It was National Championship day for college football and his team was vying for the whole enchilada, the entire ball of wax, all nine yards. Sam checked the vote count and found his Gallaudet Bison were more than 1,100 behind.

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Source: Helmet Tracker

12-year-old girl to sign the national anthem at championship game

By Steve Gehlbach

CFB National Championship 2018ATLANTA - We are just days from the big college football championship showdown in Atlanta where the Bulldogs will take on the Crimson Tide for the national title.

A Gwinnett County 12-year-old will step into the national spotlight before the game in memory of her mother.

Carly Ortega was born deaf but she could feel the excitement when the UGA won the Rose Bowl on Monday.

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Source: WSB-TV

How William Holmquist, born almost deaf, stepped in to help Duke win a bowl game

By Steve Wiseman

Duke UniversityDETROIT - William Holmquist came to Duke to study at the school’s renowned Fuqua School of Business and, hopefully, help the football team.

A hard-working reserve all season, Holmquist found himself pressed into full-time kicking and punting duties for the Quick Lane Bowl.

Duke’s No. 1 kicker and punter, Austin Parker, was dismissed from the team earlier this month. That left Holmquist, who was born almost completely deaf, to handle both jobs in the bowl game.

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Source: The News & Observer

Deaf Falcons player Derrick Coleman follows in footsteps of former Nashville star Bonnie Sloan

By Mike Organ

Atlanta FalconsFalcons fullback Derrick Colemanis enjoying a great season and receiving added praise for being the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL.

He was recognized earlier this week by the league when he was selected as a first-team alternate for the Pro Bowl.

Recognizing Coleman's accomplishments and truly appreciating what he has done are two completely different things.

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Source: Tennessean

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