Gallaudet football plays to win, but it's about much more than football

Gallaudet offensive lineman Todd Collins. Photo: WJLA

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - “I – in this uniform - stand for Gallaudet. I stand for every deaf person in the world.” That’s how offensive lineman Todd Collins puts it.

At Gallaudet University, college football is about so much more than college football.

“Gallaudet is the only university in the world for deaf people, so you know people are watching us,” said defensive lineman Tyler Snider.

According to fifth-year head coach Chuck Goldstein: “We can play football. Maybe [we] can’t hear a whistle but our players are no different than other players on Saturday afternoon.”

They have been playing football at Gallaudet since 1883, but they've never been in this position before. That's because last year, Gallaudet went 9-1 in the regular season, won its conference title, and brought home the school's very first Division III playoff berth - in any men's sport.

“Last year was an awesome experience. I felt really good about that,” said Snider.

So now, the challenge of building on last year's success - and maybe going even further.

Said Collins, “You know, to be a part of that, it’s just unbelievable. It just changes your whole perspective on life. It’s like nothing is impossible, you know."