No Excuses

Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams

No Excuses

Trailblazing Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman Jr.—the first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL—tells his inspirational journey of persevering through every obstacle, remaining dedicated to the hard work and a no-excuses attitude that ultimately earned him a Super Bowl victory. Great for readers of all ages.

Even at a young age, if anyone told Derrick Coleman what he couldn’t do, he’d just reply, “Watch me.” Diagnosed as hearing-impaired at age three, he faced a potentially limited future, but neither he nor his family were going to let that happen. Now Derrick shares the story of his remarkable journey toward NFL stardom, of the friends and colleagues who cheered him on when skeptics tried to chip away at his confidence, and of how every challenge he faced only strengthened his resolve.

At the heart of his story is his unconventional family, whose one constant was always love. When Derrick was misunderstood as “difficult,” or bullied and laughed at by schoolmates, he removed his hearing aids and listened instead to his mother’s advice: Never let anyone else tell you how far you can go.

Playing football became an outlet for Derrick’s restless energy and a way of proving he could forge his own path. As a senior at UCLA, he became a standout, an award-winning player who led his team with eleven touchdowns and demonstrated to the world what his heart had known all along: He had what it took to be a champion.

No Excuses is more than just Derrick Coleman’s story as a sports legend, inspirational role model, and icon. It’s a motivating and unique testament to the human spirit, to the potential inside everyone who has ever faced difficult obstacles. It’s about aiming high in life, giving it your all, and never ever settling for excuses.
  • Gallery/Jeter Publishing | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476796581 | 
  • June 2015
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About the Authors

Derrick Coleman Jr.

Derrick Coleman Jr. is the Super Bowl XLVIII (2014) champion fullback with the Seattle Seahawks who has inspired millions with his upbeat and positive attitude in overcoming the obstacles put before him. The first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL—and the first to win a Super Bowl—he is also the founder and CEO of the No Excuse Foundation, an organization that advocates for the hearing impaired community and works to lessen instances of bullying. For more information, see his website: DerrickLColeman.com

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Marcus Brotherton

Marcus Brotherton, New York Times bestselling author and coauthor of twenty-five books, including We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers, specializes in helping people with public platforms tell their stories. His most recent collaboration was Voices of the Pacific, an oral history of World War II Marines, and he is also the author of the well-reviewed historical novel Feast for Thieves. A former newspaper reporter, he lives with his family in Washington State.

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