Signs for HUDDLE

Meaning: to come close together in a group, or to hold your arms and legs close to your body (e.g. football huddle).

This ASL sign can be inflected to subtly different expressions to define different kinds of huddles.


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Deaf Culture and tidbits

Deaf culture and history

Did you know that...? The football huddle, in which the players all formed in a tight circle, was credited to the invention of Deaf quarterback Paul Hubbard in 1894 at Gallaudet University. The huddle was then adopted by the American football league.

Football huddle
Image credit: Gallaudet Archives, 1927.

The huddle was a natural phenomenon that none of the Gallaudet's Deaf football players wanted their opposing teams to see their hand signals and ASL.

The football huddles is one of some examples of Deaf gain.

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