Bonnie Sloan

Bonnie Ryan Sloan (born June 1, 1948) is an American former NFL player who was the first of three deaf football players in National Football League history.

Bonnie Sloan
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1948-06-01) June 1, 1948 (age 72)
Lebanon, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Madison (TN) Litton
College:Austin Peay
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 10 / Pick: 242
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:4
Games started:0
Player stats at

Sloan played four games at defensive tackle for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1973 season.

A native of Lebanon, Tennessee, Sloan starred at Austin Peay State University. He was a 10th round selection (242nd overall pick) of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, who released him after that one season due to a knee injury.[1]

Former Denver Bronco Kenny Walker followed him into the NFL, in the early 1990s; both were then followed by fullback Derrick Coleman, who last played for the Arizona Cardinals.


  • ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia, 2006 edition
  1. ^ "Bonnie Sloan". Austin Peay Sports Information. January 29, 2008. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved 2009-04-03.