Derrick Lamont Coleman Junior is an incredible fullback for the NFL football team, the Seattle Seahawks. He was born on October 18, 1990 in West Los Angeles, California. When Derrick was three years old, his parents took him to a media specialist and he told him that their little boy was deaf in his left ear due to genetic problems. Both of his parents are hearing, however each of them carried the gene. By the time he was in elementary school, the hearing in his right ear disappeared too. When Derrick went completely deaf he was given hearing aids. This helped him in two ways: he could hear again, and kids at school began to bully him. The kids called him names such as “Four Ears”. His method of dealing with the bullying as he got older was to let his anger out on his set of weights at home and to ignore the bullying.
Derrick joined his school football team in seventh grade. His mother, a nurse, was extremely hesitant because she did not want Coleman’s hearing to decrease again. However, his father wanted to let him play, claiming that it would be a great chance at normalcy and release from his aggression. After an MRI was completed and proved football would not harm his hearing worse, he was finally allowed to p...
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...he No Excuse Foundation following his motto. He also wrote a book released in June of 2015, titled “No Excuses”, about still being able to achieve his Super Bowl dreams with a disability.
This 2015-2016 season has been a busy one for fullback Derrick Coleman. The sixth seed Seahawks won ten regular season games, but lost the remaining six. They won the first playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings (11-5) with a score of ten to nine; however, the outstanding Carolina Panthers (15-1) knocked them out of the playoffs in the second round with a close score of twenty-four to thirty-one.
Having a disability does not mean one should miss out on the things they love. Derrick Coleman is just one example of this. He has never let his hearing ability stop him from doing what he loves. Through the bullying and the pain, he has managed to live his life to the very fullest.
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