Gallaudet University is a D-III school located in Washington D.C., and was the first school of higher education established in the United States to cater to the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing.
Head coach Chuck Goldstein and the coaching staff are coming off a 5-5 season where none of their five losses came by more than 16 points. Last season produced conference Rookie of the Year, and NFL hopeful, defensive back Tony Tatum. Tatum happens to be hard of hearing, very similar to the level of hearing that Redskins safety Reed Doughty lives with.
Even though he garnered a lot of D-I interest from coaches in high school before breaking his foot, Tatum played two years of basketball at Gallaudet before deciding to give football another try. As a result, Tatum has garnered high praise from coaches and also helped Gallaudet make ESPN with a "tip drill" highlight that was arguably one of the best plays from the 2010 season. The video has got an impressive 1.9 million views on YouTube.
This is a really fascinating story of perseverance and a reminder to us as coaches (and our players) of the importance of fighting through adversity, regardless of the obstacle.