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Former APSU, NFL Player Honored In Hendersonville

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - A former Austin Peay State University football star was honored for breaking an NFL barrier.

City leaders in Hendersonville held a ceremony Sunday proclaiming it "Bonnie Sloan Day." Sloan was the first deaf football player in NFL History. He was a 10th round draft pick in 1973 and played four games at defensive tackle for the then St. Louis Cardinals.

He only played one season before being released for a knee injury.

During the ceremony, Sloan was presented with letters from St. Louis Rams' coach Jeff Fisher, the Tennessee Titans and the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"He's an inspiration to many. He represents a deaf child who had a big dream. And he worked really hard and he achieved that dream. That's the message we at the sign club want to give to our deaf children," said Poppy Steele from the Sign Club Co.

A sign unveiled at the ceremony will be hung at the entrance to the ball fields at Drakes Creek Park in Hendersonville.

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