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Deaf NFL player Derrick Coleman arrested for hit-and-run accident

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Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks could be facing jail time. According to the Seattle Times, Coleman was driving in Seattle when his car hit another vehicle and he walked away from the crash.

After the crash, Coleman reportedly got out of his Dodge pickup truck and walked away. The other person involved in the crash may have a broken collarbone. Once Coleman was identified to authorities, he was arrested by police shortly thereafter. He was given a sobriety test, but the results have yet to be released.

Coleman, 24, made headlines by making the NFL even though he is deaf. He lost the majority of his hearing at the age of 3, but he was able to persevere and achieve on the football field. He has since served as a role model for deaf kids and wrote the book, No Excuses: Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams. He’s currently viewed as a top special teams player for the Seahawks.

Coleman was an  advocate for the deaf and often mingled with top politicians, philanthropists, and he even spoke at the White House. Unfortunately, his image will likely be tarnished by the recent hit-and-run violation.