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Deaf football player leads team to playoffs

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Success on the Friday night football field brings constant roars from the crowd.

For two years, Clarksville Academy running back and linebacker John Anderson Jr. has had the success. He just never got the roars.

He has been legally deaf since the age of 5.

While a hearing aid helps him navigate the hallways and school days, out on the field and underneath his helmet, the device doesn't help.

"They told us he wouldn't dance, he wouldn't play ball, he wouldn't do anything, but this child is an overcomer," said his mother, Sherry Anderson.

John Anderson learned to adapt by memorizing plays, reading lips and developing a special language that he shares only with his coach and teammates.

"He picks up on those keen senses that other people don't use like he does," said Todd Hood, the head coach at Clarksville Academy.

John Anderson hopes to play at the college level next year.

"I might be looking at Bethel University or Samford," said John Anderson.

Friday night, he was focused on the big game, as he led his team in a playoff game against Nashville Christian.

He was hoping for victory, but his dad thinks he's already achieved it.

"You're just a star man, and I said, 'You know, you're our star,'" said his dad, John Anderson Sr.

"It's like my dad always says, 'They can never stop a star from shining,' said John Anderson.

The football standout recently received a $1,000 college scholarship for overcoming adversity, leadership and for helping out in the community.

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