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Gallaudet star Talaat hopes to fulfill NFL dream

5-1-14

MARTINSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Adham Talaat can’t hear the trash talk and crowd noise on the football field.

That’s not a problem. He thinks it will give him an advantage if he plays in the NFL.

The talented defensive end is deaf, though he hears just fine with hearing aids. But he didn’t wear them on the field when he played at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, D.C.

Talaat is hoping he gets a phone call when the draft kicks off this week. He spent 13 weeks training at TEST Sports Clubs this winter to improve his all-around skills, and says his message to the NFL is that he shouldn’t be overlooked.