WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University football team's historical season came to end after its loss to No. 7 ranked Hobart College in the first round of NCAA Division III football playoffs on Nov. 23. The Bison continued to receive local and national media coverage leading up to the game and post game as well.
Prior to the highly anticipated playoff game against Hobart College, Comcast Sportsnet paid a visit to Gallaudet to get a first hand look into the playoff preparations and interview senior running back Ryan Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) and senior defensive end Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.). Interviews were also conducted with coach Chuck Goldstein and defensive line coach John Elie. The reporter from Comcast Sportsnet even attempted to learn some sign language during her visit. Comcast Sportsnet along with ESPN's SportsCenter continued coverage of the Bison following the playoff loss as they ran highlights of the game on their respect channels. The Bison were very encouraged when hard-of-hearing Seattle Seahawks running back Derrick Coleman sent a video shout out to the team before kick-off. The Bison even got a shout out from Dick's Sporting Goods on their Facebook page.
Although Gallaudet's Cinderella story came to an abrupt end, the media coverage did not. The Associated Press published a recap of the playoff game and also published a short article celebrating Talaat's finalist position in the running for the NCAA Division III football Gagliardi Trophy. Beyond Sports Network did an extensive four-page spread on Gallaudet's 2013 season. Several local newspapers did features on Gallaudet football players from their towns. The Virginia Pilot did a feature on hometown heroes freshman linebacker Carneilus Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) and sophomore quarterback Quentin Williams (Chesapeake, Va.). Michigan's local Morning Sun did a thanksgiving feature on senior offensive lineman Derrick Wakefield (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.). Two days later, Valley News Dispatch published an article about senior wide receiver Josh Hanna (Burrell, Pa.) and his experience being part of Gallaudet's historic season.
Within a month, the Gallaudet University football team went from being unknown and unrecognizable to the darlings of national and local media. The 2013 team has redefined football at the only deaf university in the world.
GALLAUDET FOOTBALL IN THE NEWS
- Valley News Dispatch (Pa.): Burrell alum Josh Hanna a part of historic football season at Gallaudet (11/29/13)
- Morning Sun (Mich.): Wakefield part of banner season for Gallaudet University football (11/27/13)
- Beyond Sports Network: Beyond the Sidelines (11/27/13)
- CNY Central News: Gallaudet football enjoys historic season | Subtitled Video (11/26/13)
- Associated Press: Gallaudet has finalist for top player in D-III (11/26/13)
- Dicks Sporting Goods: Shout out to Gallaudet football (11/26/13)
- Virginia Pilot: Playoffs end early for 2 local Gallaudet Players (11/25/13)
- Derrick Coleman: Shout out from NFL running back of Seattle Seahawks (11/23/13)
- Associated Press: Webb leads Hobart past Gallaudet 34-7 (11/23/13)
- National Public Radio: Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to talk about college football stories (11/22/13)
- Comcast Sportsnet: Gallaudet first playoff season catches national attention (11/22/13)
- Northern Virginia Daily: Gallaudet provides great story (11/22/13)