Brad Peterson of Dubois overcomes hearing disability, commits to Gallaudet U.
Written by: Billy Splain on Monday, January 19th, 2015
Having dealt with auditory neuropathy all his life never stopped Brad Peterson in pursuit of his dream, to play football and excel at it. Peterson finished his senior season for the Beavers as the #2 defensive tackle in the state. He was ranked as the 49th best prospect in PA and 102nd nationally by 247 sports. Peterson will play DT/DE for the Bison. He was being recruited by many schools including Penn State, Boston College, Rutgers among others.
Athletically. I’m hard of hearing so it fits very well with that program and university. I had offers from Mercyhurst, St Francis PA, CCSU, IUP, but I was committed to St Francis in the fall and it didn’t work out the way I wanted to when I watched a game. It didn’t fit well.”
“I visited Mercyhurst and I liked the football side of it but academically and socially, didn’t fit well, so I had to go with Gallaudet. It was a long process and I worked hard for everything” said Peterson. “And I know I’m going to do great at Gallaudet and dominate at that level. And I plan to major in Business Administration or I will create my own major, and the entire staff at Gallaudet uses sign language. They are a deaf/hard of hearing university and everybody signs so my confidence and easiness to communicate is magnificent there.”
You can read more about Brads hearing struggles and how he overcame it here: www.hearstrong.org.
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