If you're an O.C. high school sports fan and your favorite NFL team didn't make it to the Super Bowl this year, don't feel down, because you still have something to root for. Actually, a couple things.
When the Seattle Seahawks meet the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVlll, Troy High School will be well represented, as two Warriors will face off on opposite sides of the ball. And that gives us all something to root for.
Derrick Coleman, RB - College: UCLA; Team: Seattle Seahawks
The 23-year old running back from Orange County comes with an inspiring story that is nothing short of amazing. As the first legally deaf player to be part of an NFL offense, Coleman signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2012 as an undrafted player out of UCLA. The former Warrior wears hearing aids in both ears and reads lips in the huddle.
Coleman, who has never let his disability stand in the way of playing sports, has battled a hearing impairment since he was 3 years old. The 6-foot-0, 233-pound RB has recently had his inspiring story featured in a Duracell commercial as part of the battery company's #TrustYourPower campaign.
Aaron Brewer, LS - College: San Diego State University; Team: Denver Broncos
Even at 6-feet-5, 230-pound, Brewer was considered a small linebacker when he played at Troy and therefore didn't get many looks from colleges. Then one day the coach announced they needed a long snapper and Brewer tried out and won the position.
Brewer then turn his focus to the snapper position and earned a scholarship with SDSU. While at San Diego, he made 15-special team tackles, which is a big number for a long snapper. The O.C. local signed with Denver in 2012 as an undrafted free agent and has owned the position ever since.
On a side note, La Habra H.S. alum, Ronnie Hillman, RB for the Denver Broncos has been left off the Super Bowl roster as a result of violating team disciplinary rules.
Super Bowl XLVlll will be played on Sunday, February 2 at 3:30pm PT in East Rutherford, New Jersey at MetLife Stadium. TV coverage is on Fox.
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