JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Football is no easy sport, from learning plays, to reading your opponent, so as part of our Heart of the Game segment, we are highlighting a student athlete that's playing the sport blind.
"Even though I can't see them far away, I still want to hit them probably as much as they want to hit me," said Wes Homewood, a blind football player.
Homewood, 16, is suffering from Optic Nerve Atrophy, which means as a defensive end and offensive tackle, he has blurred vision and can see little to no detail.
"If the play's moving real fast, he might miss the ball or who has it. Other than that, he's his only limitation," said Travis Homewood, Wes' father.
But according to Wes, he has no limitations. He, along with his Florida School for the Deaf and Blind teammates, just play with the pigskin a little different than what you are used to.
"Instead of saying who we got, we have to point and tap each other," said Wes.
There's no down, set, hike for this team. Communication is all in the hands, as players and coaches sign their way through four quarters.
First Coast News