Before the NFC championship, a commercial starring Seattle fullback Derrick Coleman began tugging at heartstrings and watering eyes all over the country. The Duracell ad, part of a "Trust Your Power" campaign, highlights how Coleman overcame his deafness to become a professional football player ... and, now, a Super Bowl participant.
Here's the ad, for refresher purposes:
Feel like going out and chasing your dream? Go right ahead. Then come on back and we'll add even more sentiment to the story.
Back? Good. Here's the deal: Riley Kovalcik, a nine-year-old girl from Roxbury, N.J., also saw that commercial and was so impressed she wrote the letter above. Riley and her twin sister Erin are also hearing-impaired, and followed the Seahawks throughout their 49er showdown on Sunday. After the win, her father Jake tweeted the letter to both Coleman and the Seahawks.
"I know how you feel," she wrote. "I also have hearing aids. Just try your best. I have faif [sic] in you Derrick."
"He inspired my daughters, but it's a great thing he's doing, not just for hearing impaired kids or kids with other disabilities," Jake Kovalcik told the Daily Mail. "He's showing all kids that if you work hard and you dedicate yourself whatever deficiencies you have, you can be great. I wanted to thank him."
There are plenty of stories simmering in advance of the Super Bowl. This might be one of the best.
- Derrick Coleman