North Texas Football Players Are An Inspiration To Others

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In a sea of pounding cleats, play calls and whistles…Woodrow Wilson High School running back Darrion Green seems immune to the chaos.

Green runs faster than most, has the eyes of a hawk and has hands made of glue.

But it is the gift a person cannot see that causes the most noise.

“Well at first, they didn’t notice until I told them. And then they find out, they’re stunned. It was amazing,” said Green.

Darrion Green is deaf.

“I can play anything. I can do anything,” said Green.

It’s a spirit that helped land him a dozen college football scholarship offers.

“I am blessed and I can do anything because I saw other deaf players playing football,” said Green. “So I’m doing that for the deaf community.”

Green is not the only Woodrow Wilson High player who is deaf.

Junior nose tackle Juan Alvarez is too.

“I feel like deaf people are just like hearing people. People always think there are things we can’t do. But it’s always been in my dreams to play football,” said Alvarez through his interpreter.

Helping the two players make their dreams become a reality is interpreter Joel Hill.

“It takes guts for anybody to step outside their comfort zone and they’re certainly admirable in that respect,” said Hill.

Running from sideline to field, player to coach, Hill is there to make sure both players understand every call and command.

He feels there is an important message for folks to hear.

“I hope like the kids were saying people will be inspired to realize a lot of our boundaries are self-imposed,” said Hill.

In a game of seconds, yards and rules, there seems to be no stopping both Green and Alvarez.

“I hope that people think I’m not giving up and I’m working hard,” said Green.

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