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Blind Judge Also Announces High School Football

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A judge in Kentucky spends his Friday nights making stadium announcements for games a high school football team. That may not sound impressive, until you realize he can't see the players, the field... or anything else.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. --  A judge in Kentucky spends his Friday nights making stadium announcements for games a high school football team.
That may not sound impressive, until you realize he can't see the players, the field... or anything else.

He's a blind football announcer with some surprising insights on the game.

"I don't have any perspective of how things look but I have a lot of perspective of how things sound," says David Holten, a judge by day and a stadium announcer during high school football season.

For Judge Holton, being effective in court means: Projecting, keeping your energy up...and your temper down. That's also true in sports.
Arriving early for every western home game, the first and currently only blind judge in Kentucky, Holton is likely the state's only blind PA announcer too.

The judge says when he was asked to call his first game, he knew who to call and what to say.
"'I need somebody to be my eyes. Can you be my eyes?' And I said yeah, what time and where do you want me to be?" says  Thomas Patteson, Holton's assistant.

Longtime companion and guide dog Buddy isn't the only one who travels with Holton.
Friend and attorney Thomas Patteson stays by his side.
"I'm basically a play-by-play guy in his ear," Patteson says.

Brilliantly seamless. The crowd below has no idea Holton has no view of the game.
"I can't see anything at all," Holton admits. "I try to get across what i would need to know if I were there in the stadium."

Holton played football as a boy until a tumor caused him to lose his sight. The press box is as close as he's been to the game since.
The toughest part? 
The pressure of "getting it right", just like his first years on the bench.
"I knew there'd be more scrutiny on me because I can't see," Holton says.

Knowing he cares so much...And gives it his best effort ... Makes his play by play partner pretty proud.
"It's satisfying to me when people down there don't know that there's a blind guy up there. That means we're doing it right. That means he's getting it right, which is what's important to him," Patteson notes.

Judge Holton was also invited to call a Kentucky State High School Football Championship game back in 2011.




(story contributed by CNN)
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