Seattle's Derrick Coleman has big fan in hearing-impaired girl


People Magazine reported how Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, who is deaf, reached out to a hearing-impaired deaf fan who wrote to him.


A 9-year-old New Jersey girl penned the sweetest letter ever to the Seattle Seahawks fullback. She was reacting to the recently released Duracell commercial chronicling the odyssey that led him to become the first deaf offensive player in the history of the NFL.


His story particularly touched the hearing impaired community, and prompted a moving note from little Riley Kovalcik, who struggles with hearing issues along with her identical twin sister, Erin, reports New York's Daily News.


Wrote Riley: "Dear (my [sic] insperation) Derrick Coleman. I know how you feel. I also have hearing aids. Just try your best. I have [sic] faif in you," Riley wrote in the handwritten note, which also mentioned the two things the pair have in "comen": they both wear two hearing aids and they both love sports.


Coleman responded the next day with a handwritten letter that he sent to Riley via Twitter.


"Really was great hearing from a friend I have so much in common with," Coleman wrote. "I want you to know that I always try my best in everything I do and have faith in you and your twin sister too."


"Even though we wear hearing aids we can still accomplish our goals and dreams!" he added, and included an invitation for Riley and her family to get together and "play some sports or games" if they are ever in the Seattle area.


Coleman's response stunned and touched the Kovalcik family, who make it clear they will be rooting for him on Super Bowl Sunday.


-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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