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Van Zant Making His Case At the NFL Combine

Like most college football players, former Lee Red Raider and OSU Cowboy Martel Van Zant is hoping to go pro.

But for that dream to come true, Martel is asking the NFL to overlook two things: an ankle injury and the fact that he is deaf.

ESPN reports that Martel was in Indianapolis this week at the NFL Combine not as a participant but to petition NFL teams. It is reported that because of a past ankle injury Martel was not invited to the Combine, despite early predictions he would be a late round draft pick.

OSU will hold their own Pro Day workout to let evaluators watch Martel on March 12. Martel's hopes to prove that his ankle is ready to go.

If Martel makes it to the NFL as a draft pick or a free agent, he would not be the first deaf player in the league.

Bonnie Sloan was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973 and Kenny Walker was with the Denver Broncos in the 1990's.

Martel's story has been such an inspiration, a movie deal following his career in high school and college is in the works.
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