In a touching continuation of an already-heartwarming story, Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman replied in kind to an adorable letter written to him by a young fan.
Coleman, who is legally deaf, became an inspirational figure for 9-year-old Riley Kovalcik and her identical twin sister, Erin, both of whom are hearing impaired, after seeing a Duracell commercial in which Coleman’s remarkable story was highlighted.
Young Riley’s father, once finding Coleman on Twitter, passed along the adorably sweet letter to the Seahawks back:
— jake kovalcik (@JakeIsMobile) January 21, 2014
Coleman, upon seeing it, wrote back:
— Derrick Coleman Jr (@DC2forlife) January 22, 2014
The letter reads:
Dear Miss Kovalcik,
Thanks for the letter! Really was great hearing from a friend who I have so much in common with. I appreciate you rooting for the Seahawks and me and hope you continue to do so when we play in the Super Bowl!!!
I want you to know that I always try my best in everything I do and have faith in you and your twin sister too. Even though we wear hearing aids, we can still accomplish our goals and dreams! If you or your family ever in Seattle, I hope we can all get together and play some sports or games!
Derrick L. Coleman Jr.
Awesome. Every time we hear yet another disturbing tale about the despicable conduct of a professional athlete, think of this story to remember — even for just a moment — that there remain some good guys out there playing pro sports.