Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman -- the NFL's first legally deaf offensive player -- became a bit of an internet sensation recently after starring in a powerful Duracell commercial, and then after tweeting a picture of a sweet letter a young deaf fan wrote him.
The letter from nine-year-old Riley Kovalcik began, "I know how you feel. I also have hearing aids. Just try your best."
@Seahawks @DC2forlife you've inspired my little girls in a way I never could. THANK YOU! #Seahawks #SuperBowlXLVIII pic.twitter.com/lhpJfCPOSD
— jake kovalcik (@JakeIsMobile) January 21, 2014
Coleman wrote back to Riley and her twin sister Erin, who is also hearing-impaired, and called her "a friend I have so much in common with."
@JakeIsMobile Your girls are awesome! Read them my letter back when you can! Thank you for the support! Means a lot! pic.twitter.com/9x5tQQwNbk
— Derrick Coleman Jr (@DC2forlife) January 22, 2014