Partial Blindness Won’t Stop His NFL Dreams

Partial Blindness Won’t Stop His NFL Dreams

Kahzin Daniels is completely blind in his right eye.

At West Virginia’s University of Charleston, Kahzin Daniels has racked up 34 1/2 sacks in his four-year college career, and the National Football League is paying attention, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

“People don’t really believe it at first,” he told the Gazette-Mail. “[They say] ‘You’re lying. You’re not really blind. You can tell me.’ And I tell them, no, I see through one eye.”

Now the former UC defensive end is performing before NFL scouts leading up to April’s draft, competing in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and working the pro days at both Marshall and Rutgers.

When he was 5 years old, he was a riding his scooter past an abandoned building on his grandmother’s block in New Jersey. A pole from the building was sticking out and he ran into it, damaging losing sight in that eye.

But it didn’t hurt his playing career. He played at Barringer High in Newark, New Jersey, and became a well-regarded recruit at Milford Prep. At UC, he was a second-team All-Mountain East pick as a junior and a first-teamer as a senior, when he also was named a Lindy’s Magazine preseason All-American and a second-team All-American.

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