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During the early fifties (1953-55) Henry Brenner
was a deaf defensive lineman with the University
of Rhode Island football team. He was the team’s
top defensive lineman despite his lack of size
(5’8, 170 lbs). In 1952, he played freshman
football as a defensive lineman. Then in
1953 NCAA changed football rules to require
all players to play both ways. This would
force Brenner to play offensive guard as
well as defensinve lineman. The Rhode
Island ooaches were worried that Brenner
cannot play on offense because of his
deafness.

Brenner wasn’t worried; he played both
ways in hearing high school, and felt
the transition would be no problem. He
was correct.

He was the team’s #1 both ways lineman
for the remainder of his college
football career.

He is now enshrined in his university’s
hall of fame.