Deaf NFL football star heads to Super Bowl, inspires young girl
NFL star Derrick Coleman will head to the east coast in two weeks. The Seattle Seahawks running back will compete for the league’s ultimate trophy in Super Bowl XLVIII.
But it isn’t his skills on the field that’s gaining him attention, but his influence on a small girl who has one thing in common with the athlete. Their inability to hear.
Coleman, the deaf fullback for the Super Bowl bound Seattle Seahawks, received a touching tweet after the team’s big win Sunday from hearing impaired girl Riley Kovalcik, 9, of Roxbury, N.J. “I know how you feel. I also have hearing aids,” Kovalcik, who started losing her hearing at the age of 1, wrote in the tender note. “I have faif (sic) in you Derrick good Job on January 20th game.”
A photo of Kovalcik’s heartwarming handwritten letter — posted from her father Jake Kovalcik’s Twitter account on Tuesday — quickly circulated around the Internet and caught the attention of the Seahawks and Coleman, who penned his own response to his more than 23,000 followers.
“Even though we wear hearing aids, we can still accomplish our goals & dreams! If you or your family ever in Seattle, I hope we can all get together & play some sports or games!” Coleman wrote on Wednesday.
In a recent Duracell commercial, Coleman’s amazing journey was highlighted. The star went from being a bullied deaf youngster to a football sensation on track to win his first Super Bowl title.
Prior to the commercial, knowledge of the running back being deaf was relatively a secret. When communicating on the field, Coleman reads the lips of his teammates.
Congratulations to Derrick Coleman on his many achievements. He is truly an inspiration!
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