Deaf NFL Player Exchanges Letters With Girl He Inspired

Response by Seahawks' Derrick Coleman to young fan is a big hit

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 24, 2014 2:42 PM CST

(Newser) – The Seahawks' Derrick Coleman is legally deaf, a fact that millions of people have discovered via a popular ad for Duracell featuring the player. (It's got more than 10 million views on YouTube.) But AdWeek takes note of a nice side story: A 9-year-old girl who is hearing impaired herself (along with her identical twin sister) wrote a letter of thanks and encouragement to Coleman that got tweeted to him by her dad. Coleman then posted a hand-written letter of his own in response.

"I want you to know that I always try my best in everything I do and have faith in you & your twin sister too," he wrote. "Even though we wear hearing aids, we can still accomplish our goals & dreams!" Classy move, the father of letter-writer Riley Kovalcik tells the New York Daily News. "He's somebody to look up to, and he made her feel like hearing aids are cool."

Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman speaks with reporters on Jan. 16.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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