Trivia: Deaf Student Invented the (American) Football Huddle

The American football huddle was invented by Paul Hubbard, a deaf player at Gallaudet University, to avoid the other team see his signs.

Gallaudet University is the world's premiere liberal arts university for the deaf and the hearing-impaired. Its all-deaf players football team was disbanded in 1994 for "lack of interest." The Gallaudet Bisons hadn't won more than three games a season since 1930. (Source)


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ASL is not a written or spoken language, it's a visual language. Of course it has a difference sentence structure than English. It's not English, and shouldn't be compared to English. ASL is recognized as a foreign language in many colleges and high schools now. One myth about ASL is it's just signs in English word order.
English is a second language to most Deaf people. Online, they communicate mostly through video blogs, since they can see each other.
Are all written and spoken languages the same? No. Every country has it's own sign language just the same as the spoken language. How could there possibly be a universal sign language? (Is there a universal spoken language?) It's about as ridiculous as expecting a sign language interepreter to read Braille! (which happens quite often!)
The Deaf write in ASL GLOSS, not English. They should be able to learn first in their first language, ASL before being forced to learn English, which is their second language. Those who are functionally illiterate have parents who did not instill education in them as a very young child when language learning was very important.
One other note: It's much easier for a hearing person to learn ASL than it is for a deaf person to learn to speak!
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The sad thing about American Sign Language, in a sense, is that it has a different sentence structure than English. (Even sadder is the fact that every country has its own different sign language!!! Instead of deaf people all around the world being able to converse with each other, they're just as closed off as hearing people.)

Anyway, I've just visited a deaf website where the writing ability sucked. This is because they learn ASL, sign language, rather than English grammar, so many deaf people are functionally illiterate when it comes to reading. That's sad. Reading is my whole life...if I couldn't hear, it would become only more so.
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The ASL is a beautiful thing for so many. We all enjoy so many wonderful sounds. If we went one day without being able to hear it would be so sad. When seeing someone sign it brings tears.
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"The American football huddle was invented by Paul Hubbard, a deaf player at Gallaudet University, to avoid the other team see his signs."

This is still awkward. A better way to write this would be:

"The American football huddle was invented by Paul Hubbard, a player at the all-deaf Gallaudet University, to keep the other team from seeing his signs."
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