Hearing Loss: Seahawks' Derrick Coleman motivates others ahead of Super Bowl
Many in the deaf community can relate to the experience Seattle Seahawks’ fullback Derrick Coleman had when he was diagnosed as deaf at age 3. Coleman’s diagnosis is now the subject of a Duracell commercial that has gone viral, and while he is a regular football player on the field, he carries a greater responsibility off the field by being a role model for the deaf community, and specifically deaf children.
"The hardest thing about being in the deaf community is getting over wall one," Coleman said. "What I'm doing now, getting the opportunity to play for the Seattle Seahawks and play in the Super Bowl, that's basically saying that you can do what you want to do, too."
His attitude inspires others and is similar to patient Donald Lively. Lively was diagnosed at age 2 as deaf, but like Coleman has great determination to never give up.
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