No Excuses

No Excuses

Growing up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams

Book - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
The first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL—and win a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks—relates his inspirational story of hard work and determination in his own words.

Baker
& Taylor

The first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL--and win a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks--relates his story of hard work and determination on his challenging journey to become a professional football player.

Simon and Schuster
Trailblazing Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman Jr.—the first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL—tells his inspirational journey of persevering through every obstacle, remaining dedicated to the hard work and a no-excuses attitude that ultimately earned him a Super Bowl victory. Great for readers of all ages.

Even at a young age, if anyone told Derrick Coleman what he couldn’t do, he’d just reply, “Watch me.” Diagnosed as hearing-impaired at age three, he faced a potentially limited future, but neither he nor his family were going to let that happen. Now Derrick shares the story of his remarkable journey toward NFL stardom, of the friends and colleagues who cheered him on when skeptics tried to chip away at his confidence, and of how every challenge he faced only strengthened his resolve.

At the heart of his story is his unconventional family, whose one constant was always love. When Derrick was misunderstood as “difficult,” or bullied and laughed at by schoolmates, he removed his hearing aids and listened instead to his mother’s advice: Never let anyone else tell you how far you can go.

Playing football became an outlet for Derrick’s restless energy and a way of proving he could forge his own path. As a senior at UCLA, he became a standout, an award-winning player who led his team with eleven touchdowns and demonstrated to the world what his heart had known all along: He had what it took to be a champion.

No Excuses is more than just Derrick Coleman’s story as a sports legend, inspirational role model, and icon. It’s a motivating and unique testament to the human spirit, to the potential inside everyone who has ever faced difficult obstacles. It’s about aiming high in life, giving it your all, and never ever settling for excuses.

Publisher: New York : Gallery Books/Jeter Publishing, 2015
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476796581
1476796580
Branch Call Number: 796.332092 C677n
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Brotherton, Marcus

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