Derrick Coleman: A True Underdog

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Over 82,000 people will be cheering in Met Life Stadium this Super Bowl Sunday, but Seahawk fullback Derrick Coleman will not be hearing any of them.

In 2012, the Super Bowl was the most watched television event. Many young athletes dream of one day playing in the big game.

Statistically, of the 100,000 high school seniors who play football every year, only 215 will ever make an NFL roster. That is less than one- half percent, and only a small percentage of those will play in the Super Bowl game.

For those that do make it that far, it is not without sacrifice. The road to the top is one of hardships, difficulties and for one player, extreme doubts.

Derrick Coleman lost his hearing at age three. Beating the odds, he made the team at UCLA where he rushed for over 700 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season. Those types of numbers usually guarantee a spot in the late rounds of the NFL draft but not for Derrick Coleman.

“They didn’t call my name. But I’ve been deaf since I was three, so I didn’t listen,” said Coleman.

Overcoming obstacles seems to be a theme for Derrick Coleman. He spent the off-season training and eventually made the Seattle team roster. He is now one of the main special teams players and will get in on an occasional offense play.

This Sunday he will join that very small percentage of players who have ever played in the Super Bowl, overcoming even more than the rest.

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