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CBS This Morning shines light on Gallaudet's football program

Gallaudet football player L.J. Watson is being interviewed on the field at Hotchkiss Field in the afternoon by CBS News. A CBS News producer is holding a microphone, she stands off to the left in the shadows of the cameraman who has a fancy and expensive camera pointed towards L.J. Watson (on the right). L.J. is signing back his responses to the reporter while being filmed for a national broadcast story on the Bison football program. L.J. is smiling and representing Gallaudet in the right way. Great job L.J.!

WASHINGTON - CBS This Morning aired its feature on the Gallaudet University football program on Thursday as part of its "A More Perfect Union" series on the national morning show. The CBS series focuses on what unites us as Americans is far greater than what divides us.

CBS reporter Jan Crawford reported live from Hotchkiss Field on Thursday morning. The story focused on Gallaudet, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, and its football program. It focused on the brotherhood and communication between the deaf and hard of hearing football players. Crawford interviewed Gallaudet football head coach Chuck Goldstein along with juniors L.J. Watson (Fayetteville, N.C.), Daequan Taylor (Newport News, Va.) and Rashard Witherspoon (Brownsville, Tenn.).

You can view the video with captions and a transcript here:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-more-perfect-union-americas-deaf-football-team-gallaudet-university/?linkId=44799182

The CBS News story comes off the heels of the lengthy story in The Atlantic by Matthew Davis titled "America's Deaf Team Tackles Identity Politics" that was published on May 10, 2017. You can read The Atlantic story here: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/05/americas-deaf-team-tackles-identity-politics/525945/.