He is the first deaf offensive player to ever play in the NFL. USA Today reported that Duracell released a commercial about his story. It made me cry. Deaf since age 3, Coleman beat some tough odds to wear hearing aids in a rough game. Here’s a link to the USA story that also includes a letter Coleman responded to from a young deaf student.
Another Super Bowl story centers on Denver Broncos‘ quarterback Peyton Manning’s use of the word “Omaha” in play calling. The folks in Omaha are ecstatic, and everyone is playing the gig for all it’s worth. This NPR interview has NPR’ Melissa Block and David Brown, president and CEO of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, sharing some fun news about how Omaha has benefited from the play calling.
The report shares that Omaha donates $800 to Peyton Manning’s charity every time he said “Omaha” this season — to the tune of $25,000. It’s safe to say there are a lot of Bronco fans in Omaha. And the city returned the favor. When chicks were born at the zoo, one was named Peyton. The city also made a video — click here to see it.
The back stories to Super Bowl – which takes place in New Jersey on Feb. 2 — are great fun. One forecast that will highlight the event is cold temperatures and snow — something all of us in Erie, Pa., can understand.