Inspiration Off The Field


POSTED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 4:09pm

Seattle Seahawk Derrick Coleman, deaf since age 3, provides inspiration to hearing impaired children. Eric Wilkinson reports.

(KING) It a rare opportunity to meet a hero, to glean inspiration from someone who does what millions of kids yearn to do.

"It actually is really good to meet him," said 10-year-old Aiden Campbell. "I like how he's a football player and he follows his dreams."

Campbell has been told his whole life that becoming a Seahawks football player would always be just that - a dream.

"My grandpa told me that you have to be good of hearing to play for the Seahawks," he said.

Campbell is hearing impaired, as were all of the 100 or students who came to meet running back Derrick Coleman at Tacoma's Baker Middle School on Tuesday. They received his message of "no excuses."

Coleman speaks from experience.

He mysteriously lost his hearing when he was just 3-years-old.

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