Deaf student-athlete at North High honored on NFL Network

Published: Dec. 15, 2022 at 5:09 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - A North High School student’s football career just received a big boost.

Thursday morning, deaf student athlete Demarico Young was honored on the NFL Network as part of their “Way to Play” initiative. This program recognizes one high school player every week during the NFL season that displays exemplary football technique.

Though deaf, Young has been able to communicate with his teammates and others during football games thanks to his interpreter, and the team that has also gone the extra mile to make sure they can all work together.

Drew Gerch, who nominated Young, said it couldn’t have gone to a more deserving athlete.

Young first learned about it from his little brother but didn’t get the full story. Once he found it out from his coach what he had earned, it became surreal.

“I’m gonna be honest. I started to cry. Then I was like, there’s just no way. There’s just no way, me of all people to make that happen and succeed, I couldn’t believe it,” said Young.

On Thursday, everyone was able to gather for a watch party of Young being honored. It was a time for him to gather with his friends and family to celebrate all his hard work and dedication.

“I was so excited and nervous all at the same time you know. I’m not used to that kind of attention really. I’m starting to learn to accept being proud of myself, so that’s a struggle,” said Young.

Because of this honor, North High School will receive $3,000 for equipment.