“For some of our boys, they find solace on the football field. They feel they’re in a group of brothers.”
Coach John Moore
Head Coach Texas School for the Deaf
2015 Coach of the Year
In Texas, there is a fall ritual that needs no explanation. The familiar sounds of the marching band, the cheerleading squad, and the referee’s whistle paint a picture etched in Friday night tradition. High school football reigns in the Lone Star State.
For every snap, hit, pass, and run, one team tackles a unique challenge. Located in Austin, the Texas School for the Deaf is the only school out of 1,483 high school football teams that serves the hearing impaired. Deep in the heart of Texas, TSD is home to the Rangers.
4 Quarters of Silence diagrams a journey that follows the Texas School for the Deaf Rangers. Ask the school’s head football coach, players, and the athletes’ parents and you’ll find out that deafness is not a weakness, but a strength.
The team finished an impressive 2015 season with an outstanding 8-4 record, and the team’s head football coach John Moore received the highest honor by the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA). Moore was named “Coach of the Year.”
“I like to be a football coach, said Coach Moore, “because I like to inspire the boys. I want them to be successful in life.” Moore continued, “my platform is football, and through that I feel I can give them inspiration to make a difference.”
Unlike most high schools where athletes are local, players at the school for the deaf come from all over the state. TSD is the only one of its kind. In fact, the school is so unique, they march the field to the beat of their own drum.
“A lot of schools don’t know about it, but when we do our warmups, we’ll hit the base drum and everybody looks over at us.”
Being a TSD Ranger means more than Xs and Os on the field, but more about scoring big in life. Coach Moore says the players' love for the game teaches them life lessons off the field. “I also want them to understand on the football field they can do whatever they want, but off the field it’s totally different with how they have to treat people with respect.”