No Excuses: Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams
June 02, 2015
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About the Author
Derrick Coleman Jr. is the Super Bowl XLVIII (2014) champion fullback with the Seattle Seahawks who has inspired millions with his upbeat and positive attitude in overcoming the obstacles put before him. The first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL--and the first to win a Super Bowl--he is also the founder and CEO of the No Excuse Foundation, an organization that advocates for the hearing impaired community and works to lessen instances of bullying. For more information, see his website: DerrickLColeman.com Marcus Brotherton is a New York Times bestselling author and collaborative writer known for his books with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five books and substantively edited more than thirty-five others. Marcus's books include the widely acclaimed Shifty's War, We Who Are Alive & Remain, A Company of Heroes, and Feast for Thieves.
"Coleman's humbling story of overcoming challenges to become the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL will pull at readers' heart strings. Writing with Brotherton, he traces his childhood in California in the 1990s, complicated by family turmoil and his hearing problem, which was diagnosed when he was very young, and describes how his parents committed themselves to creating a normal life for him. The athlete is very candid about his fears; he was obsessed with a dream of playing pro football after some promising college UCLA football seasons. Undeterred by tryouts and time on the practice squads of the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants, the undrafted Coleman finds a home with the Seattle Seahawks, where his deafness isn't an issue. The highlight of this triumphant account is his sensitive retelling of his first full season in the NFL, the Seahawks' victorious run to the 2014 Super Bowl, and the team's celebration with the Vince Lombardi trophy."--Publishers Weekly