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Deaf fullback playing in the Super Bowl

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Derrick Coleman lets his level of play on the field show people how good he is. A national TV commercial told people who he is.

I have ben deaf since I was 3, so I didnt listen," Coleman said. "Now, Im here with the loudest fans in the NFL cheering me on."

Coleman knows the Super Bowl platform makes him a role model. He takes this fact very seriously.

The biggest thing about being a role model is basically just showing everybody that I overcame everything and I am still me, Coleman said. "I am still hyper. I talk a lot. I am still a clown with my teammates. I still do what I do, but at the same time I didnt let obstacles determine who I am today.

Coleman was a running star at UCLA, but he is mostly a blocker in Seattle, as a backup fullback. He is on his way to taking over the position, though.

He does a great job, and I love DC. Its been awesome working with him, Michael Robinson, a Seahawks fullback, said. He is the future of the fullback position here and he understands that. I know that and I have given him as much knowledge and help him out as much as I can.

Coleman uses hearing aids, which he said help him a great deal. He can also read lips, which is something the Broncos should watch out for on Sunday.

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Washington Times