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Hearing-Impaired NJ Girl Writes Touching Letter to Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman

With the Super Bowl approaching, it seems that everyone is a football fan – even an adorable 9-year-old girl from Roxbury. 


But she has a unique reason for her love of the Seattle Seahawks – and it will warm your heart.

Riley Kovalcik, who is deaf and wears two hearing aids found a hero in Seattle Seahawks’ running back Derrick Coleman. Coleman, who is the first legally deaf player in the NFL, appears an in advertisement for Duracell batteries. Kovalcik saw this advertisement, that shows Coleman’s struggle as a deaf football player, and was inspired to write this touching letter to Coleman:

Dear (My Insperation) Derrick Coleman,

I know how you feel. I also have hearing aids. Just try your best. I have faif in you Derrick good job on January 20th game. GO Seattle Seahalwks! Here are things we have in comen. I where two hearing aids. I love sports. Other things are I’m an identcal twin and my twin where’s one hearing aid two.


Riley’s father Jake tweeted this letter to Derrick Coleman, and the Seahawks retweeted the letter. Millions of fans also shared the letter, and it went viral.

You can view a photo of the inspiring letter here.

If you’re unfamiliar with Seattle’s Richard Coleman, check out this amazing Duracell commercial he has been featured in recently below

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