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BUILDING A FOOTBALL STAR, ONE TWEET AT A TIME

By Danielle Elliot

Standing in the bleachers of the football field at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, Craig Bryden pointed towards the 30-yard-line, where the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks were warming up for a training camp session. "See him, No. 5?" Craig asked. "That's Tyrod Taylor. No. 5. He follows Daron on Twitter."

Daron is Craig's 13-year-old son, and he already has been billed as the best young quarterback in the country. Since attending his first football camp at the age of six, where coaches admired his beautiful spiral throws, Daron's prospects as a player have been on the rise—a product as much of social media as of his efforts on the field.

Read more: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/building-a-football-star-one-tweet-at-a-time

Source: Vice Sports

RIVERSIDE: Football league hires first deaf head coach

By John M Blodgett

Marcus Chmaj is an expressive football coach. To get his point across, he gets close. He crouches. He grimaces.

The boys, all 7 or 8 years old, stand attentive, watching his every move.

The boys watch him closely because they can’t hear him speak. That’s because Chmaj can neither speak nor hear.

Read more: http://www.pe.com/articles/chmaj-777447-deaf-football.html

Source: The Press Enterprise

Derrick Coleman: The deaf Super Bowl champion who broke the sound barrier

By Samantha Bresnahan

(CNN) When you meet Derrick Coleman, Jr., the first word that comes to mind is "genuine." The list does not stop there. Throw in "appreciative," "funny," "kind," and "impressive." And all of that is before you even realize Coleman is a rising star in the National Football League, who also happens to be deaf.

Read more & view video: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/06/health/derrick-coleman-seahawks-deaf/

Source: CNN

Rebel overcoming disability

By Carrie Anderson

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It's a sound most of us take for granted when watching football.

The whistle.

For Ole Miss Rebel Tee Shepard, it's a sound he'll never forget.

Shepard recalled the first time he heard it, during Rebel fall camp, ''He (blows the whistle), 'Tee did you hear my whistle? Can you hear the whistle?' I'm like no, but blow it again. Whoa! I was amazed."

Read more & watch video: http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/29628364/rebel-overcoming-disability

Source: WMC Action News 5

Tee Shepard to Speak at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf

Tee Shepard, a junior on the Ole Miss football team, will be the special guest at the annual Donuts for Dads Celebration at the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, Friday, July 24 at 9 a.m.

Shepard will tell his remarkable story, not just about his success on the football field, but that he has reached his dream of playing college football with a hearing loss that he has had since birth.

Read more: http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/072115aaa.html

Source: Ole Miss Athletics

Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman is back on the field and promoting his new book

When Derrick Coleman tackled Trindon Holliday at the 14-yard line on the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII, he wasn’t making that play to be an inspiration or to make history.

The Seattle Seahawks’ fullback and special teams standout was just being what he always believed he had the talent to be: an important player on an NFL team.

Read more: http://www.seahawks.com/news/2015/06/11/seahawks-fullback-derrick-coleman-back-field-and-promoting-his-new-book/

Source: Seattle Seahawks

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