A 9-year-old Seahawks fan touched hearts across the U.S. after she wrote a letter to deaf running back Derrick Coleman, calling him an inspiration.
Riley Kovalcik wrote the note after she and her sister watched a Duracell ad featuring Coleman and his journey to become the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL. Kovalcik, who is also legally deaf, felt a connection to Coleman.
“I where (sic) two hearing aids. I love sports. Other things are I'm a identical twin and my twin where's (sic) one hearing aid too!”
The girls’ father, Jake, tweeted a picture of the letter to Coleman. When the Seahawks got a hold of it, Mr. Kovalcik’s phone was flooded with messages and return tweets.
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The father of three laughed as he recalled the two girls watching over his phone, in awe that the letter had gone viral.
Mr. Kovalcik added that all he wanted was to show Coleman how much he had impacted his girls, and noted that Coleman is important to every child with a disability.
“He's showing all kids that if you work hard and you dedicate yourself whatever deficiencies you have, you can be great,” Mr. Kovalcik said of Coleman. “I wanted to thank him.”