Deaf high school football team nears undefeated season and moves toward championship

The players may not be able to hear whistles or calls, but they can communicate with hand signals and body language.
By: | November 24, 2021

A high school football team in Riverside, California, is playing a history-making season. Their so far undefeated season is unprecedented not only because they have just 23 players – but because all of them are deaf.

For the first time in nearly 60 years, California School for the Deaf could watch their varsity football team win the division championship, KCBS reports.

KCBS reporter Nicole Comstock interviewed the team ahead of a game Friday, when their record stood at 11-0. With two more wins, they could make it to the championship – and the players couldn’t even describe the excitement. “I don’t even know how to put that in words,” said quarterback Ricardo Terrazas. “I’m ready! I’m ready to do it. I’m fired up.”

The players may not be able to hear whistles or calls, but they can communicate with hand signals and body language. Head coach Keith Adams said it’s all about hard work and practice.

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