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Hearing loss doesn’t hinder Ryan Kerrigan


Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has overcome a lot to become a first-round draft pick.  The obstacles included hearing loss suffered when he was a child.

I feel pretty normal with it,” Kerrigan told NBC Washington.  “It’s only when someone is directly on my left that I have a hard time with it.  Other than that, it doesn’t bother me at all.”

Kerrigan received the diagnosis at age 8, after a series of serious ear infections.

“I addressed it at the combine and it hasn’t hindered my performance,” Kerrigan said.  “I’m sure the team knows, but we haven’t really talked about it.”

Kerrigan isn’t the only Redskins players with hearing loss.  Safety Reed Doughty also has hearing loss, and he wear hearing aids during games.

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12 Responses to “Hearing loss doesn’t hinder Ryan Kerrigan”
  1. radrhatr says: May 25, 2011 2:23 PM


  2. dlr4skins says: May 25, 2011 2:26 PM

    Well the good news is that you won’t have to hear Portis or Rogers open their mouths.

  3. blackbeardk says: May 25, 2011 2:40 PM

    So that is why Albert Haynesworth is lining up at left…..out…

  4. hanktheking says: May 25, 2011 3:19 PM

    Donovan McNabb suffers from this too. Occasionally.

  5. schmitty2 says: May 25, 2011 3:28 PM

    He will have a harder time hearing 90,000 fans booing at FedEx field. That might a good thing

  6. thephantomstranger says: May 25, 2011 3:36 PM

    So did he hear George say “I love you”?

  7. fin72 says: May 25, 2011 3:36 PM

    Kerrigan said. “I’m sure the team knows, but we haven’t really talked about it.”

    Maybe they tried but you just didn’t hear them.

  8. magicman407 says: May 25, 2011 3:47 PM

    See ball snapped and chase the guy with the ball, thats all you gotta do big guy! Now get me 64 tackles and 9 sacks to go with Orakpos 12. That is if we have a season…

  9. hobartbaker says: May 25, 2011 3:53 PM

    “Kerrigan! On your left! On your……Ohhh, damn.”.

  10. bunjy96 says: May 25, 2011 5:26 PM

    I remember two guys who did very well catching the ball with virtually visibility in only one eye.

    Raymond Berry of the old Baltimore Colts. He had to catch the ball over his right shoulder.

    The other one was Danny Abromowitz of the Saints.

    Both were well above average at their position.

    IIRC, both went to the pro bowl.

    So a slight hearing impairment shouldn’t be a problem for Kerrigan.

  11. chubbybeerswiller says: May 25, 2011 5:55 PM


  12. hobartbaker says: May 25, 2011 6:22 PM

    For Ryan all that trash talk goes in one ear but not the other.

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