Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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Deaf football coach training hundreds in New England

By Mark Boyle

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Craig Bryden is a 43-year-old Connecticut native, who always wanted to play football, but his parents wouldn't let him because he was deaf. As an adult, he worked in various schools for the deaf, coached basketball and was even an athletic director in Maine. Then son Daron was born, and he quickly got into football. After taking him around the country for the best football training possible, Craig decided to take it up himself, and from there, nothing has stopped him from his true passion; Working with young football players like his son so that they can be the best they can be.

Read more & view video: http://www.westernmassnews.com/story/33763846/deaf-football-coach-training-hundreds-in-new-england


Born Deaf, Tufts Kicker Willie Holmquist on the Way to All-Time Scoring Record

Tufts UniversityTufts' kicker Willie Holmquist was born almost entirely deaf, and didn't receive hearing aids until he was two years old.

Holmquist was a walk-on for Tufts football, out of Half Hallow West High School IN Dix Hills, NY, and is on track to be the program's all-time leading scorer. He was named Tufts Specialist of the Year in 2015 and has been the NESCAC Player of the Week a number of times throughout his career.

Read more & view video: http://herosports.com/news/willie-holmquist-tufts-football-kicker-deaf-scoring-record

Source: Hero College Sports News

Ex-Gov Bonnie Sloan broke barriers in NFL as first deaf player

By Autumn Allison

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.— The most brutal thing in football isn’t the hits or the sharp opinions of fans, it’s the way it ends.

An athlete looking back on a professional career can see the love and adoration of a highly impactful career. They can see a fading image due to time on the field being cut too short, or not short enough.

Read more: http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/sports/college/apsu/football/2016/10/19/ex-gov-bonnie-sloan-broke-barriers-nfl/92410584/

Source: The Leaf-Chronicle

Hearing impairment not silencing Mac Bignell’s rise to Montana State stardom

By Richie Melby

Montana StateBOZEMAN – Football is a game of challenges.

Mac Bignell has overcome many on his way to stardom at Montana State. An all-state athlete on the prep fields in Drummond, he quickly needed to learn the transition from Class C 8-man football.

“Just getting used to 11 guys would be one of the biggest (challenges),” Bignell said. “Learning the terminology was all different to me. Then again, football is football in the end.”

Read more & view video: http://www.montanasports.com/2016/10/05/hearing-impairment-not-silencing-mac-bignells-rise-to-montana-state-stardom/

Source: Montana Sports

Gallaudet and Earlham chasing that elusive "W"

gallaudetAnybody remember 2013? This was the year that the Gallaudet football team went 9-2 and generated so much excitement and pride in the Deaf community. The team received tons of media exposure, earned a spot on ESPN’s top-10 plays feature and a first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs. That was just three years ago but feels so long ago.

Gallaudet football has fallen on hard times fast. Since that magical 2013 season, Gallaudet has gone 2-17 and are now riding on a 15-game losing streak. The team’s last win came in October 11, 2014 against Becker, 16-12.

The last game that Earlham College (Indiana) won was back in October 26, 2013 when they squeaked past Anderson University (Indiana), 21-20. Since that game, Earlham has lost 24 in a row.

There are 238 Division III football teams that are ranked weekly and as of Tuesday, September 6th, Gallaudet is ranked 232. Earlham is doing just a little better coming in at 227. In other words, both teams aren’t very good.

Tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m., these two teams with long losing streaks face each other on Hotchkiss Field at Gallaudet in hopes of ending their misery and earning that coveted “W”.

This game could be a thrilling one or a stinker as both teams lay it on the line. The men of Earlham and Gallaudet football teams will try to turn the corner on their football programs or it’ll just be a mirage on the horizon.

But for now, we miss 2013.

Amateurs, deaf-mute coach began Purdue football

By Bob Kriebel

Purdue FootballThe first Purdue football team assembled in the fall of 1887. The boys played one game on Oct. 29 against Butler at Indianapolis. Purdue's first coach was a deaf mute who had trouble communicating. He was a bright man of a gentle nature from Lafayette named Al Berg. He had seen a football game while attending a school for the hearing impaired in Washington D.C.

The Purdue boys practiced with Berg for a week, rode a train to Indianapolis, and lost 48-6. J.B. Burris was the captain.

Read more: http://www.jconline.com/story/news/history/2016/08/26/amateurs-deaf-mute-coach-began-purdue-football/87970674/

Source: Lafayette Journal & Courier

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