Posted January 30, 2014

Seahawks Fullback Derrick Coleman Surprises Deaf Girls with Super Bowl Tickets

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Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman will play the biggest game of his life on Sunday. He’s making sure his biggest fans will be there. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty)

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.”

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.”

But the inspiring story didn’t stop there. Coleman surprised the girls on Good Morning America with tickets for them, plus mom and dad, for the Super Bowl. Check out the full video below:


[h/t SB Nation]

12 comments
EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Man, that was WAY past awesome! Just what the day needed!!

badbeatya
badbeatya

This is awesome.   I'm sure just meeting Coleman was a thrill for those girls, but SB tix too... Bonus!!

JBub
JBub

Those kids are simply the cutest, and Derrick you are The Man!

GameisOver
GameisOver

Dangit, I think I caught something in my eye.  Ok, can't help it...

Jim P
Jim P

Stories like this negate all the stupid things professional athletes do and should be the main sports story in every news paper sports page and internet sporting site in America.


I am a long suffering Bills fan and was going to watch another Superbowl with indifference as to who won. Now I am pulling for the Seahawks.

TammyHardy
TammyHardy

What a great kid, and a great story!

Thundrra
Thundrra

Man.  How is there not a comment about this yet.  This was really sweet.  Even made me second guess rooting for Peyton. 

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@badbeatya  Didn't see you had written "awesome" in your post until I had posted mine. It's not a knock on your post at all. Just wanted to express how super I felt watching that video.