The only deaf schools football player was named to the National
High School (hearing) All-American team.

The honor went to Joe Russell, the bull sized tackle and then
as ram-busting full back with the Mississippi School for
the Deaf football team during the fifites.

He was so strong that it took as many as seven opposing
tacklers to drag him down. He was impossible to be
brought down by a sole tackler.

He reportedly received some football scholarship offers
from NCAA-I programs but turned them down.