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

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." (More uplifting news stories.)

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