Bullz-Eye interviews New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason for Duracell


New York Giants’ Jon Beason, left, demonstrates the communication devices that are powered by Duracell Quantum batteries to actor Taye Diggs at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 27, 2014 in E. Rutherford, N.J. (Photo by Mark VonHolden/Invision for Duracell)

New York Giants All-Pro middle linebacker Jon Beason hung out at MetLife Stadium (with Taye Diggs in tow) last week and explained to a throng of dudes how Duracell’s Quantum batteries power the NFL. We were part of that gaggle of dudes.

Talk about how you hooked up with Duracell.

“Duracell reached out, and being the “Mike” linebacker in our defense and equipped with the headset, I’m powered by Duracell Quantum. It was an eye-opening experience to work with Duracell. Through the course of an NFL game, 650 Duracell Quantum batteries are used, and that’s just mind boggling. And I thought, ‘Where do they all go?’ You can go to facebook.com/Duracell to find out all the others ways they are used to make sure the fans have the best experience possible.”


This preseason, I’ve noticed more than ever opposing QBs calling out where the mike linebacker is a lot more. Why is this?

“In a 4-3 scheme, there are 11 guys on both sides of the ball. There are two of everything except the mike linebacker; cornerbacks, defensive tackles, outside linebackers and safeties and then the one mike. Based on where he aligns, he is the X-factor, the extra defender, the guy you have to account for, because when the offense overloads a side in terms of protection, that is where we can gain an advantage. They usually point me out as mike based on what we’re in, but based on how were spinning the safety down, what we’re showing when we are showing pressure, they can call someone else the mike and say he’s the guy you are responsible for. If he comes, he is the X-factor in terms of pressure.”

Over the last couple years, you’ve had to play both “Sam” and “Will” linebacker positions. How nice is it to go back to mike, your native LB position?

“It’s funny. The reason I played outside is because I got drafted as a will and got moved over in week five of my rookie year due to injuries and played the mike backer, and [that] ended up being the best possible fit for me and my personality. It’s home; it’s like riding a bike. It’s something you’re never going to forget and something I’ve done at a consistent level, so to be back at that position is something that I’m grateful for and appreciative of.”

Is this the hardest period of time in the history of the NFL to be a defender?

“Absolutely. They’ve completely made the game too passive. That’s what they want — they want more points. It is what it is.”

Is there a guy you look forward to tackling the most when you are actually allowed to?

“Everybody! I’d love to tackle everybody! It doesn’t matter to me – I don’t discriminate!”

Tell Jon “The Beast” Beason who you’d like him to tackle via his Twitter account here.


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A chat with Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, the NFL’s first deaf offensive player


One of the most famous episodes of the legendary sitcom “Seinfeld” was called “The Lip Reader.” In it, George borrows Jerry’s deaf girlfriend at a party to spy from across the room and lip-read his former girlfriend’s interactions with a presumed prospective beau. As with any typical Costanza situation, the plan ended in failure. But for Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman and partner Duracell, the 2013 NFL season has been anything but.

Duracell hopes to inspire people, especially children, to trust the power within to achieve their dreams. And Coleman is a living example. Check out this fantastic video from Duracell detailing his road to the NFL:

Coleman, who is legally deaf  and has mastered the art of lip reading, entered the preseason as an undrafted running back a year removed from UCLA and was just hoping to be included on the Seahawks’ 53-man roster. After contributing on special teams and offensively (including a 6-yard TD catch) in the preseason, the Seahawks kept Coleman and converted him to fullback.

Coleman is the first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL, which inspired Duracell to feature and promote his story of success.

“Duracell saw that I had an inspiring story to tell and they want to inspire people, especially children, to achieve the dreams they have like I did,” Coleman said. “That’s how we linked up based on the similarities.”

The 6-foot, 233-pound former Bruin scored his first career regular season touchdown on Monday Night Football in a 34-7 thrashing of the New Orleans Saints.

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