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By: Quixem Ramirez
Sports Editor

The Texas State football team will have a new group of fans this fall.

For the first time in university history, there will be a deaf section for fans at Bobcat Stadium..

The section, which seats up to 1,000 people, will be near the 35-yard line. Ticket prices will be reduced from the usual $25 to $10.

Deaf people and those fluent in American Sign Language will be eligible for the reduced ticket prices at the lower level.

To purchase tickets in the section, fans should contact Brian Guendling, communication studies junior, through his social media platforms. Guendling plans on providing a tent for deaf people who wish to participate in tailgate festivities.

Guendling, a former Texas State football player, wanted to merge two worlds together with the creation of a deaf section.

“Deaf people are no different than everybody else,” Guendling said. “A lot of my deaf friends expressed that they wanted to go to football games.”

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Seattle Seahawks Derrick Coleman may be sidelined because of injury this Super Bowl Sunday, but the first deaf offensive player in the NFL is still a champ on and off the field.

If someone says you can’t achieve your dreams, Seattle Seahawks Derrick Coleman’s advice is just don’t listen to them. That’s what he’s done his entire life. Deaf since he was three years old, the 24-year-old fullback was told he would never make it to the pros, but if you’ve ever watched Coleman play football or seen his viral Duracell commercial from last year, you’ll know being told “you can’t” never stopped him.

The sports world loves an underdog story and Coleman’s journey to the NFL is among the most inspiring in recent years. As a kid, he was called “Four Ears” because of his hearing aids and he was beat up just for being different. The challenges young Derrick faced made his supportive parents worry about how he would make his way in the world, but then in the 6th grade he found football and it changed his life.

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K5 Western Washington's Home Team
September 11, 2014
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SEATTLE---The Seattle Seahawks play in arguably the loudest stadium in the world. Yet one Seahawk can't hear the crowd.

Running back Derrick Coleman scored a key touchdown in the Seahawks' season-opening win against the Packers. The fans went crazy. But Derrick only saw the cheers.

"I could feel it in my body, but my ears didn't really catch it all. My body did though."

He lost most of his hearing from a childhood disease at age 3.

"When people tell me I can't do something, it just makes me want to do."

He is one of the few hearing-impaired athletes to make it to the NFL. He may be the only one to make it on offense, where hearing can be critical as quarterback Russell Wilson often changes a play with his voice.

"So he knows straight up OK y'know look at me. Or you don't have to look at me, just face me."

Like he has most of his life, Derrick figures out a way to make it work. He wears hearing aids in both ears. But they don't work well with the noise of the game. So he plays mostly in silence. He says that's a good thing.

"My disability is actually an advantage over everybody else. Now they're tryin' to hear the play. They really gotta focus. All I gotta do is look at 'em and talk."




Released: 7-Jul-2014 11:00 AM EDT 
Source Newsroom: Loyola University Health System
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Newswise — MAYWOOD, Ill. – Retired NFL players may be at risk for permanent hearing loss and tinnitus, according to Loyola University Medical Center ear surgeon John Leonetti, MD.

Many NFL players suffer one or more concussions during their careers. And Leonetti notes that such blunt head trauma has been associated with hearing loss and tinnitus (chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears).

Leonetti said there are two possible mechanisms by which blunt head trauma, such as a blow to the head, could damage hearing or cause tinnitus:
- A blow to the head can cause the brain to wiggle like Jell-O, thereby damaging the nerves that connect the brain to the inner ear.
- A blow to the head also can create a shock wave that damages the cochlea, the delicate auditory portion of the inner ear.
There is anecdotal evidence that athletes who play football and other contact sports may be at risk for hearing damage:
- Leonetti recently spoke to retired players alongside EarQ at a meeting of the Chicago chapter of the NFL Players Association. When Leonetti asked how many players had experienced concussions during their career, they all raised their hands. When Leonetti asked how many have experienced hearing loss approximately 25 percent raised their hands. When he asked how many have tinnitus approximately 50 percent raised their hands.
- Hall of Fame NFL lineman Joe DeLamielleure told USA Today that he experienced countless blows to the head during a 13-year career, and has suffered a 68 percent hearing loss in his left ear as a result.
- Retired NHL hockey player Curt Bennett alleged in a class action lawsuit that he suffered from injuries associated with concussions and sub-concussive impacts, including tinnitus and hearing loss in both ears.

“To date, there is no proof that NFL players are suffering hearing loss and tinnitus at a rate higher than that of other men their ages,” Leonetti said. “But based on what we already know about blunt head trauma, as well as anecdotal reports from retired athletes, we believe there are compelling reasons to conduct a scientifically rigorous study to quantify the risk of hearing loss and tinnitus among retired NFL players.”

Leonetti is a professor in the departments of Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery and program director of Cranial Base Surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Can Attending An NFL Game Be Hazardous To Your Hearing?
Salus University College of Audiology Offers Fan-friendly Advice as Eagles-Saints Clash Nears

From Gnomes National News Service, 1/2/2014

This NFL season has seen unprecedented competition among fan bases vying for the crown of loudest stadium venue. Dr. Victor H. Bray, Dean of the Salus University George S. Osborne College of Audiology, and his colleagues, are concerned about potential hearing damage amid the increasingly deafening drumbeat to rock the house on the road to the Super Bowl.  ”The decibel levels at most football stadiums are beginning to resemble NASCAR races, so it makes good sense for fans to bring and use hearing protection. As a general rule, if a fan has to shout to be heard by the person next to them, that’s a sure sign that it’s loud enough to warrant the use of earplugs or headphones,” he suggests.  “Use of foam earplugs, especially early in life, is easy and relatively inexpensive compared to the reliance on hearing aids later in life.”

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GENEVA, N.Y. – All great stories must come to an end and on a frigid Saturday afternoon the hottest story in college football, the past three weeks, saw the Gallaudet University football team conclude its magical season with a 34-7 loss to No. 7 Hobart College in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division III championship.

Gallaudet wraps up a historic season with a 9-2 record, its first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament, its first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference title and national media exposure usually reserved for larger NCAA Division I programs. The Bison tie the school record with nine wins in a season and set a program record with 11 games played in a season and an 11-game win streak set earlier this season.

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Reed Doughty Puts Gallaudet On His Head

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 13, 2013 – 5:10 pm

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Reed Doughty put a bison on his forehead.

Not literally you maniac. In a Wednesday open locker room session, the Northern Colorado product wore a Gallaudet hat four days after taking in the Bison’s 35-7 win over Anna Maria at Hotchkiss Field. Doughty took his family to the game for a rare Saturday treat. Typically he spends his Saturdays in preparation, but Washington already played on Thursday night.

Like Doughty, who said he knew he had hearing loss since he was 5, Gallaudet’s players face varying degrees of deafness or are hard of hearing. As a result, the players and coaches have intricate sign language they employ on the field.

“The atmosphere was fun,” Doughty said. “The fans and the students were really into it. It was a different experience because there’s not a PA system. There’s not an announcer. It was a different experience, but my family had a great time.”

Gallaudet is 9-0. On Monday the Bison earned their first ranking ever in the Top 25 AFCA Division III Coaches’ Poll.

“There’s nothing holding them back,” Doughty said. “They’re really playing good football right now.”

CBS News has more on Gallaudet’s season.


WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The beating of the drum is a practical tradition at Gallaudet University . It signals the start of footballpractice.Players who are deaf or hard of hearing can 'feel' the reverberations.

But there's another sound echoing throughout campus.
The buzz is about the teams undefeated season, 8-0 with just two more games to play. Game number eight last weekend was an unbelievably dramatic win against Becker. The Bison blocked a field goal and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown.

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Nation’s Only University for the Deaf Making Noise in College Football

By David Elfin, CBS-DC 11/5/2013
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Back in the 1970s when NFL rosters were smaller, Redskins coach George Allen used to exhort his players before kickoff with the impassioned motto, “47 men together can’t lose.”

Add seven men and that could be the slogan at this season at Gallaudet. The Bison are 8-0 and can clinch the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference title and their first Division III postseason berth by beating 2-6 Anna Maria at home on Saturday. Although at Gallaudet, the world’s only university for the deaf and hard of hearing, Allen’s words would be delivered in American Sign Language.

“We only have 54 guys,” said Chuck Goldstein, Gallaudet’s fourth-year coach, who says his best player is 5-foot-11, 170-pound Nick Elstad, who has played safety, running back and quarterback, returned kicks, covered them and held for them over the last two years. “That’s crazy. When I coached at Salisbury, we had 160 kids. I didn’t even know some of the kids on the other side of the ball. Having only 54 kids, makes us tighter than any other team, but we have to practice differently.”

The Bison only wear shoulder pads on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and even then, they don’t take full contact. Apparently, that’s not a problem on Florida Avenue where magic is happening this fall.

After overcoming a 14-point halftime deficit last Saturday, Gallaudet needed freshman Chris Papacek to block lowly Becker’s game-winning field goal try and senior Ryan Bonheyo to scoop up the ball and race 79 yards for the 40-34 victory that preserved the perfect season.

“At the beginning of the season, we could see we had plenty of talent and we had experienced leaders,” Bonheyo, a co-captain and running back who leads the Bison with nine touchdowns, said through an interpreter. “We had come up short the previous three years [while going 5-5, 5-5 and 7-2]. We’d never win the close games. This year we’re winning the close games [four of the last five by no more than eight points]. When we came to Gallaudet, our class knew we could do something special before we graduated. It’s finally showing.”

That’s for sure. The Bison average a whopping 326.6 rushing yards (to just 51 passing) while using an offense modeled after the triple option that Paul Johnson installed at Navy a decade ago.

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California School of the Deaf football team stuns league to win title,
nearly lands spot in sectional championship

By Cameron Smith, Sports 11/29/2012

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They are a growing football powerhouse, the kind that uses both physicality and skill to stir fear in any foe. They have a small roster -- just 19 players suit up for the varsity football squad -- and are smaller in stature than nearly any opponent, with no player reaching even 200 pounds, let alone the 300 often breached by top linemen. ...continue reading "California School for the Deaf Wins League Title"

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