Deaf NFL player Derrick Coleman

Derrick Coleman, who lost his hearing at the age of 3, but managed to survive by reading lips and hearing aids, is the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL. The former UCLA standout was signed by Seattle as an undrafted player in 2012. He appeared in 12 games this season and scored the first touchdown of his career against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 2 (8-yard reception during a 34-7 victory).
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New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Fullback Derrick Coleman #40 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball as outside linebacker David Hawthorne #57 of the New Orleans Saints defends during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Derrick Coleman #33 of the UCLA Bruins poses for a portrait in 2011 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo by UCLA/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman jumps on Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch (24) after Lynch scored his second touchdown of the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Seattle

Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman jumps on Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch (24) after Lynch scored his second touchdown of the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Derrick Coleman #33 of UCLA is tackled by Michael Thomas #3 of Stanford during the first quarter at the Rose Bowl on September 11, 2010 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman is greeted as he leaves the field after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle

Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman is greeted as he leaves the field after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Richard Brehaut #12 of the UCLA Bruins handsoff to Derrick Coleman #33 against the Oregon State Beavers at the Rose Bowl on November 6, 2010 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Richard Brehaut; Derrick Coleman

Derrick Coleman #33 of the UCLA Bruins runs from Stephen Paea #54 of the Oregon State Beavers at the Rose Bowl on November 6, 2010 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)