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Deaf Football Player Looks To Make NFL Roster

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -- Former Huffman High School two-sport star Tony Tatum is doing all that he can to make it on an NFL roster.

His first love is basketball, and only played one season of high school football, his junior year -- that didn't last long because he broke his ankle.

Tatum still managed to get a scholarship to play both sports at a division three school near Washington, D.C.

His journey is just as remarkable as an interception he was part of two years ago.  The interception went viral on the Internet.  ESPN even featured it as one of the best plays of the college football season on its "College GameDay".

That was just one of many highlights during Tatum's career Gallaudet University -- a school specifically designed for deaf and hard of hearing students.

"When I was four, my mother, she found out that I was not responding things back to her," Tatum said.  "Later on, we went to the doctor and said I was hard of hearing."

Tatum had the chance to showcase his skills as a defensive back during Monday's pro day at UAB's Legion Field.

"I know what i can do," Tatum said.  "My disability has motivated me a lot  more 'cause people telling me I can't do this or I can't do that.  I know in my heart that I can."

On the field, his hearing impediment doesn't slow him down.  He can read lips, and wears a hearing aid that allows his to hear up to 70%.

"All the coaches are hollering, screaming at you," Tatum said.  "That's a lot better for me.  I'm able to hear everything they're saying. At my college do sign language."

Defying all odds, Tatum is one step closer.

"I come from a smaller school, I come from a deaf school," Tatum said.  "I have to work 10 times harder than any other guys."

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