Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks will play for the Super Bowl on Feb 2, 2014. The difference between Derrick and all the other players on the field is that he is hearing impaired – the first hearing impaired member of the NFL community. He has been deaf since 3 years old. The road hasn’t been easy. He was picked on in school. He was not drafted.
Well, a young girl has got Derrick’s back! She sent a sweet letter to the football star empathizing with him and calling him, her inspiration. She said in her letter, “I know how you feel. I also have hearing aids. Just try your best.” Sweet.
Below is a commercial that Derrick made recently for Duracell. Coleman said of the commercial, “I just hope to inspire people, especially children, to trust the power within and achieve their dreams.” Well, things happen. He inspired a 7 year old hearing impaired boy named Gavin who was born weighing 1 pound 12 ounces. Read about Gavin here.