Friday, January 24, 2014

Correspondence with Coleman: Seahawks Fullback Makes a New Friend

The Seattle Seahawks have been quite the buzz lately, and, perhaps oddly, they have made their way into this blog as well. However, This story has nothing to do with the Super Bowl. In fact, it has little to do with football at all. This story is about Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman and his recent correspondence with one of his biggest little fans and her twin sister.

Two weeks ago, Duracell dropped an advertisement featuring Coleman and his inspiring life story. 

Coleman is the NFL's first legally deaf offensive player. He has been deaf since he was three years old and requires hearing aids in order to make out most sounds. During his final two seasons at UCLA, before getting offered a spot in Seattle, Coleman rushed for more than 1,200 yards and scored sixteen touchdowns. Still, evaluators worried that his hearing impairment would effect his play. Former UCLA coach Rich Neuheisel insisted that Coleman's disability was not a problem and in fact made him a very conscientious and self-sufficient player. Coleman went undrafted, but was eventually offered a spot on Seattle's practice team in December 2012. He took the opportunity to prove himself.

After seeing the Duracell commercial, a little girl who is also deaf wrote a letter to Coleman. The empathy and genuineness of this letter is incredibly endearing.

And then Coleman wrote back:

Never underestimate the power of a handwritten letter! I hope you've had a smile today and have many more throughout the weekend.

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