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Blind judge makes announcements at football games
KENTUCKY -- A Kentucky judge and who also spends his Friday nights making stadium announcements for high school football games -- that may not sound too impressive... Until you realize he can't see the players, the field, or anything else.
I don't have any perspective of how things look but I have a lot of perspective of how things sound, said Holton.
For judge David 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?
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, said Patteson.
The crowd below has no idea Holton has no view of the game.
I can't see anything at all. I try to get across what i would need to know if I were there in the stadium, he said.
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, he said.
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.