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Deaf And Blind Football Player Appears On ‘Ellen’ To Learn He’s Going To Meet His Hero, Drew Brees

His incredible journey just keeps getting more powerful

Marvin Pearson may have just been treated to meet his hero, Drew Brees, but after you hear Marvin’s story, you might think Brees is the lucky one. When he was just 10 years old, Pennsylvania native Pearson was legally blind and had lost almost all of his hearing. However, those substantial obstacles didn’t keep Marvin from getting on the football field and competing with his high school classmates.

His hard work resulted in success on the field (and notoriety off of it) when he ran 70 yards for a touchdown in the final minutes of a game in early October.


Here’s a look at the play that shows Marvin going almost coast-to-coast thanks to a little bit of deception:

The video went viral and caught the attention of producers at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, who quickly booked him as a guest.

Pearson shared his story with the audience, but the real excitement came when Ellen dropped a bombshell on Marvin – The show is flying him to New Orleans to meet his football hero, Saints QB Drew Brees. Marvin says in the interview that he’s looked up to Brees as a role model because the QB has overcome his small size with a smart and unique approach to the position. No doubt Marvin’s experienced similar circumstances with his disabilities.

Here’s his inspirational appearance on the show:

Elllen managed to drop one more bomb on the football player before he left. Shutterfly was giving him $10,000 to help pay for his college.

You know, just in case the whole football thing doesn’t net him a scholarship.

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