Some people seem to be confused regarding the LDs and make comments that tend to be unfair to those that have them. It's not that people have bad intentions, it's just that they make comments on something that they don't understand. I thought I would write this post to help you understand two very promising Raider players who have LDs; namely, BC and TJ. I recall some people saying that perhaps Cable did not play BC because he is probably "stupid" and therefore could not perform on the o-line. Others have commented that BC is too "slow." The problem with these innocent comments is that they can have an adverse effect causing a lowering of self-esteem, and I don't think anyone would actually want players to tank over them or distance themselves from the team or football because of it. The adversity these people can endure can be deeply profound and astounding. For example, TJ had to overcome the difficulties by almost not making it to college and going to a lesser school that was below his ability to perform. As his college coach had said, he should have been at USC or some other top echelon school. How these problems are overcome, for example, in college, students are assigned a reading tutor in which their reading assignments are read to them. However, it is the LD student who takes the exam and it is up to the student to do or die.
Let's look at the LDs. Generally, there tend to be 3 types of LDs that are noteworthy. The most common is the inability, or limited ability, to read, which is formally referred to as dyslexia. Another LD is math, or formally called acalculia. The third common LD is disorders of written expression, such as the lack of ability to spell. TJ has said that he has dyslexia, but I have no knowledge of BC's LD. When testing the intelligence of individuals with LDs it is generally found that they have above average intelligence - they are hardly stupid and are smarter than the average person, but their achievement in the area of the disability is below the level of their intelligence. Perhaps these individuals work and develop themselves in ways that lead to higher intelligence in order to overcome the problems that the LDs create. To conclude, LD people can be pretty smart. In college you may find people who receive degrees in physics who may not be able to spell.
How can such LD people as TJ and BC be dumb? If you don't understand the nature of LDs and see people with them, it really might lead you to think they are dumb. BC went to Maryland, and in terms of academics, Maryland is considered to be a very prestigious academic institution and difficult to get into. Anyone who gets an education from Maryland can hardly be considered dumb. Just getting a bachelor degree even from smaller institutions such as Eastern Washington can still take quite a bit of smarts so I hardly see TJ as being dumb. As mentioned above, sometimes these people excell in other areas of life that show their higher level of intelligence. Consider Cher Bono, who happens to be dyslexic. I recall seeing an inteview of Cher some years ago in which the interviewer told Cher that she must have had a wonderful life being since she was a very successful multimillionaire. He then asked her if there was anything in her life she would change. Cher said she would love to have a different brain, presumably because she can't do one of life's simple and sweetest pleasures - the ability to read a novel. Nevertheless, you can see how gifted Cher is in her beauty, her singing voice, and in her acting abilities. She is also an extremely witty person and has much social intelligence, hence, her gifted acting abilities. I would never call Cher stupid.
Cher's example might make you ponder on the notion that if LDs can be gifted in other areas of life, how about BC and TJ? It was noted in practice that TJ showed flashes of brilliance reading the defenses - he might not read books well but on reading the football field he probably gets an A. As his college coach said, he is likely to make pro players look stupid! Likewise, both BC and TJ are athletic beasts as noted by their performances at the combine - that's where at least some of their gifts must reside. Hopefully, we will be able see their gifts when they face their opponents on the playing field. We should never conclude that because they have LDs their ability to play football will be hampered - that's why they are pros. Let's give these players our full, wholehearted support for they are Silver and Black Oaktown Raiders!!!!!!!!!