Episode 25: Derrick Coleman, Jr., NFL’s First Deaf Offensive Player

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Episode 27 Show Notes

On episode 25 of All Ears at Child’s Voice: A Hearing Loss Podcast, Tatum and Wendy are joined by Derrick Coleman, Jr., the first deaf offensive player in the NFL. Derrick grew up in California and played college football at UCLA. He began playing for the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, then played in Super Bowl XLVIII, which the Seattle Seahawks. He most recently played for the Arizona Cardinals. Listeners may be familiar with him from his time in the NFL and from the Duracell commercial featuring him that first aired in 2014 just before the Super Bowl. Derrick shares about his experience growing up hard-of-hearing and learning to advocate for himself both in the classroom and on the football field. He established the No Excuse Foundation, whose mission is to empower, unite, and advocate for people of all ages who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.

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