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Albert Berg was one of the pioneering players on Gallaudet’s
first football team (year 1883). After he graduated from
Gallaudet he was surprised with an offer to coach football
at Purdue University! He had no idea that some Purdue
players heard of him, possibly because of his reputation as
a stellar player at Gallaudet. Nevertheless he accepted the
offer and taught the players on Purdue’s first football
team (year 1887) how to play this sport. Berg was deaf
and had no speech skills but was able to convey instructions.
It was a one-game season and Purdue lost 48-6 to Butler
University. After that season he coached one season at
Franklin University and several seasons at Butler. Football
was just only a small part of life as he was a long time
educator at Indiana School for the Deaf.