Deaf athletes find success on the football field


SAN DIEGO – A pair of deaf flag football teams are showing that silence is golden.

The Silent Leatherheads, an all-deaf flag football team, started in 2008 and when several deaf players expressed more interest the Bolts began playing two years later.

Silent Leatherheads player Matt Ellis said the only requirement to be on their team was knowing American Sign Language.

“It’s really cool,” Silent Leatherheads quarterback Jim Crane signed.  “There’s no other city in the United States with two deaf flag football teams in a hearing league.  I think it’s so cool.”

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