Derrick Coleman on Life as a Deaf NFL Player and Making ‘No Excuses’
June 2, 2015, 8:36 AM ET
Coleman, deaf since childhood, is only the third hearing-impaired player ever to reach the National Football League and the league’s first legally deaf offensive player.
“It wasn’t so much the NFL, it was more proving everybody wrong,” Coleman told ABC News’ Deborah Roberts of why he chose such a groundbreaking career.
Coleman said that as a kid he never “truly realized” that he was different, but admitted he was bullied as a kid.
“There’s a reason why I don’t like going back there,” Coleman said, explaining why he doesn’t dwell on that time in his life. “I don’t really like remembering that. I block it out. I know it because it still makes me angry to this day.”
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