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Blind football player listens, learns

Updated: November 10, 2009, 10:41 PM ET
By Ben Houser | E:60

When I first came across Charlie Wilks' story I did a double take. A blind football player? Really?

Close your eyes.

Count to 10.

Open your eyes.

Imagine every second, every minute, every day of your life is visually blank.

Charlie Wilks is 100 percent blind. He can sense only extreme light. He is a smart, witty 14-year-old kid who even finds time to tell blind jokes.

At age 5, a brain tumor crushed Charlie's optical ...

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