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Deaf NFL player inspires country


SEATTLE, WA (WKOW) -- Fans of the Seattle Seahawks are known for being the loudest fans in the NFL, but for fullback Derrick Coleman their screams sound more like muffled cheers.

Coleman is the first legally deaf player in the NFL, but he says that doesn't slow him down.

He taught himself how to read lips at a very early age and if you've ever seen Seahawks QB Russell Wilson turn around to call out plays, that's why. Coleman has to have a clear view of Wilson's mouth to know exactly what's going on on the field.

Coleman says he doesn't move until he sees the ball move, and prides himself on only have two false starts throughout his entire football career.

Coleman has become as household name recently, and not just in Seattle. It's because of a Duracell ad featuring his story. He says that when people tell him he can't do something because of his hearing loss it only motivates him that much more.

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