During the middle 1920’s the once-mighty Akron Goodyear
Silents semi pro football team has gotten weaker and
weaker. A big reason was that World War I ended, and the
Goodyear factory stopped hiring the deaf. The numbers of
surviving deaf football players got less and less. And
they were getting older and older.
There were two choices. To disband the football team
or to reach out to hearing football players. Several
good hearing players were recruited to play for that
deaf team – but with an important agreement – to keep
quiet about it! They just had to pretend they were
deaf, at least during the games.
Few seasons later, the team disbanded for good.