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Derrick Coleman surprises hearing-impaired twin sisters with Super Bowl tickets


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Derrick Coleman twin sistersThe story of deaf Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman keeps getting better.

A few weeks ago, a commercial by Duracell told Coleman’s inspirational story of becoming an NFL player despite the challenge of being deaf went viral on the ‘net. Millions of people have watched the commercial and were moved by it, including young twin sisters, who are also hearing impaired and wrote a letter to Coleman.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” brought the twin sisters on their show to talk about the letter they wrote to Coleman. Riley and Erin Kovalcik appeared on the show and talked about the letter Riley wrote to Coleman. Then ABC brought out Coleman, who surprised the girls with tickets to the Super Bowl, thanks to sponsor Duracell. Watching the excitement and shock of the girls on video was enough to melt your heart.

H/T Sportress of Blogitude

Hearing impaired girl writes awesome letter to Derrick Coleman

Derrick Coleman SeahawksA Duracell commercial featuring Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman went viral last week, and for good reason. The commercial is about Coleman’s ability to overcome being deaf and make it to the NFL. He is believed to be the first legally deaf offensive football player in NFL history. And he has clearly inspired people.

A young hearing impaired girl who has a twin sister that is also hearing impaired recently wrote Coleman an adorable letter. The father of the girls shared it on Twitter and thanked Coleman.

That, in itself, makes the Duracell commercial worthwhile. I’m sure there are plenty of young children and adults out there who draw inspiration from Coleman. They’d just have trouble expressing it in a cuter way.

H/T Fansided

This Derrick Coleman Duracell commercial is outstanding (Video)

Derrick Coleman SeahawksA Duracell commercial featuring Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman has been making the rounds on the internet the past few days and already has over 2.5 million views for great reason.

The commercial is about Coleman’s perseverance as a football player despite being deaf. He is believed to be the first legally deaf offensive football player in NFL history and, in just 60 seconds, the commercial shows Coleman describing what he overcame to make it in the league.

Coleman went to UCLA and was the power back complement to Johnathan Franklin in college. He scored 19 touchdowns for the Bruins, including 11 in his senior season. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry in college, though he’s only carried the ball twice in his NFL career. He did score his first touchdown on a catch in a Week 13 win over the New Orleans Saints.

Coleman went undrafted out of college, but he continued to pursue his dreams of playing in the NFL and was added by the Seahawks to their roster this season — two years after he last played in a collegiate game.

In an interview with Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer about the commercial, Coleman said Duracell liked his story and approached him about it.

“They came to me, and said they liked my story, and I said ‘OK’, I want to join up. I just hope to inspire people, especially children, to trust the power within and achieve their dreams.

Coleman also told Iyer (and said in the commercial) that he can hear the noise the famous “12th Man” in Seattle makes during games and that he can definitely feel it. He also said that his parents made sure he never used his hearing aid as an excuse for anything and forced him to work extra hard.

As a Bruin alum, I’m obviously a big Coleman fan, but what’s really cool is how Duracell chose to publicize his great story. They’re rightfully receiving plenty of brand recognition for the commercial.

(Thanks to Andy B. for the tip)

Seahawks get improbable touchdown catch on tipped ball (GIF)

Derrick Coleman touchdownThe Seattle Seahawks are one of those teams where everything seems to go their way. They’re the same bunch who won a big game on the B.S. Fail Mary, and they got to host a playoff game in the 2010 season against the Saints despite having a losing record … and then won the game. That’s why the touchdown catch they got in the third quarter of Monday night’s game against New Orleans seemed like the kind that would only happen to them.

The Seahawks had a 2nd-and-8 in the third quarter and scored a touchdown on a deflected ball. Russell Wilson threw a pass intended for Kellen Davis. The ball went off Davis’ hands and helmet and into the arms of running back Derrick Coleman of all people. Coleman caught the touchdown pass — his first NFL touchdown — to give Seattle a 34-7 lead.

Seriously, only with Seattle. It’s just one of those years.

GIF via @cjzero