Deaf NFL Star Never Gave Up [WATCH]
Twenty three year old Derrick Coleman was born and raised in Fullerton, California just outside of Los Angeles. Growing up, Coleman lived with a hearing impairment. He was picked on, he was called names, when he played football in high school coaches didn’t know how to talk to him. However he told himself he would never give up. He ended up going to UCLA to play college ball. During his whole college career he had 1,840 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. He entered the NFL draft, but his name was never called. At that moment he knew he was still not going to give up. On December 5th, 2012 Coleman was signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. Now, he is playing for the Seahawks on their active roster and is giving those Seattle fans even more to cheer about.
Duracell is sharing Coleman’s story with a new ad campaign titled #TrustYourPower. In this commercial Coleman tells his story and guides us through his life journey making it into the NFL. In an interview with the website Sporting News, he talks about Duracell approaching him to do this. Coleman says, “They came to me, and said they liked my story, and I said ‘OK’, I want to join up. I just hope to inspire people, especially children, to trust the power within and achieve their dreams.” To read the full interview click here. Now Coleman has the opportunity to play for a Super Bowl appearance in the NFL Championship game.
Here now is Duracell’s inspiring commercial:
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Let this be a lesson to anyone with any kind of impairment. Never give up on your dreams because they CAN come true.