Sports: High School Football Team Demonstrates How Deafness is NOT a Handicap

This past week my department head (Scott Lange) shot me an email stating that I might find the link he attached to be, well…interesting. And from my perspective, it was more than just interesting, it was inspiring.

The article, titled California School of the Deaf football team stuns league to win title, nearly lands spot in sectional championship (from Yahoo Sports Prep Rally section), detailed the accomplishments of a deaf football team in California; how they used their supposed “handicap” to their advantage by being able to focus more intently without allowing verbal distractions to get in their way.

As inspiring as the linked article is, the embedded video sent chills down my spine. I don’t know what it is, but sports stories where the “underdog” person or team far exceeds what some might believe to be normal expectations simply hits me emotionally. Here, take a look:


(Sports Illustrated video courtesy of YouTube - Standard YouTube Licence)

Likely due to the adversity I faced as an athlete, I just can’t help but relate to an underdog story—no matter what form that adversity takes. I can’t get enough of it.

To me, this football team portrays the kind of attitude that breeds success. They don’t even see themselves as being at a disadvantage, so…they aren’t; something many an athlete could certainly learn from.

As long as they continue down the path they are forging, this team's continued success is just about guaranteed.

Man, what a great story!

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