(1090 The Fan) — Adham Talaat of Gallaudet University has been invited to join the Seahawks’ rookie training camp. Should he make the team in 2014, he would be Seattle’s second deaf player.
Like Derrick Coleman, the 23-year-old is hard of hearing. But the athletic abilities of the six-and-half-foot, 275-pound defensive end are astonishing.
Talaat runs a 4.9-second 40 and benched 225 pounds 23 times at his school’s Pro Day, according to CBS Sports — two more than Jadevon Clowney. His strength and speed contributed to him being one of Gallaudet University’s leaders in sacks in 2013.
Talaat experienced hearing loss when he was just 18-months old, but that hasn’t stopped him from working to fulfill his NFL dreams. Talaat himself doesn’t see his deafness as a barrier.
“I don’t view my hearing loss as any detriment or hindrance at all. I actually feel that it is an advantage for me,” Talaat said in an email to The Associated Press. “Crowd noise and trash talk does not faze me. An important point to consider is that NFL stadiums are loud. Players can’t always hear each other, so they use signals or signs on the sidelines, which is non-verbal communication. That happens to be my specialty.”
The Seahawks’ rookie training camp kicks off Thursday, May 15th.
—Stacy Rost, 1090 The Fan
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