Tuesday, July 19, 2011

CSU Player Tackles Asperger's on Grid Iron

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- At 6-foot-5 and roughly 300 pounds, Justin Hansen physically is imposing.
Football opponents can't help but fear his size and strength.
Hansen, though, can't see their fear. He suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism that prevents him from reading the nonverbal cues that most of us take for granted.
People with Asperger's typically struggle to communicate and are socially awkward. Hansen, though, shows few outward signs of the disorder and, other than occasionally tapping his foot; he appeared focused and candid during a 30-minute interview last week outside the CSU football offices.

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