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Deaf Defensive Tackle Tryout for Arena Football 2

January 28, 2009

Munir Muwwakkil, right, looks at Florida Firecats coach Kevin Bouis during Saturday morning’s open tryout for the arenafootball2 team at Estero High School. Standing next to the defensive tackle is his father, Jihad Muwwakkil.

Munir Muwwakkil, right, looks at Florida Firecats coach Kevin Bouis during Saturday morning’s open tryout for the arenafootball2 team at Estero High School. Standing next to the defensive tackle is his father, Jihad Muwwakkil. (Terry Allen Williams/news-press.com)

Munir Muwwakkil has the body of a prototypical defensive tackle

He is 6-foot-2, weighs 305 pounds and is extremely quick off the snap, thanks in part to being able to squat 610 pounds, double his weight.

Muwwakkil used that quickness and strength Saturday at the open tryout held by the arenafootball2’s Florida Firecats at Estero High School.

It seemed like football was pretty easy to the 22-year-old, judging by the number of times he barreled through or darted around offensive linemen Saturday.

However, things in life have not always been as easy for Muwwakkil.

That’s because the former Western Kentucky University and Edward Waters College nose tackle is deaf. Muwwakkil cannot hear the play call from the sideline, he must rely on signals. He cannot hear the snap count, he relies on watching the ball being snapped.

But Muwwakkil does not let his impairment stop him from doing what he loves. “I know (being deaf) is something that can be a negative,” Muwwakkil said through interpreter Lori Timson of the Deaf Services Center of Southwest Florida. “Lots of people have helped me. I am very perceptive. As long as I watch what is going on I am fine.” [Read more…]

Also, we wrote the article about him. (https://fookembug.wordpress.com/2007/03/29/deaf-football-player-western-kentucky-university-ncaa-div-1/)

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