Seattle Seahawks’ full back Derrick Coleman is the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL. His inspirational sports story was showcased in a Duracell TV commercial that caught the attention of New Jersey twin sisters Riley and Erin Kovalcik, who are both hearing-impaired.
Riley Kovalcik wrote a letter to Coleman, “I know how you feel. I also have hearing aids. Just try your best.”
Riley’s dad tweeted the letter to Coleman, and behind the scenes, Good Morning America and Duracell arranged a meeting of the star football player and two special fans.
Regarding the Duracell commercial featuring Coleman, Riley told Good Morning America, “The first time I saw it, we were actually tearing a little bit. We were so happy that there was actually somebody that was good and could understand everything about hearing aids and that could help you. An he actually, he speaks for saying that anything can be done, even with a disability.”
Coleman wrote back to Riley noting that she was “a friend who I have so much in common with.”
When asked how she’d react if given the opportunity to meet Coleman, she commented, “I would probably just run past the security guards, under their legs, right past the security guards — jump on top of him.”
Shortly after being asked the question, Riley and Erin were given the in-person opportunity to meet and greet the Seahawks’ fullback.
“On behalf of Duracell, we want to invite you guys to the Super Bowl,” Coleman told the twins, “You and your little brother, your dad, your mom — come watch us play.”
Riley and Erin couldn’t believe their fortune and hugged their hero and role model. A Super Bowl feel good story if there ever was one!
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