Riley Kovalcik has been severely hearing-impaired since she was a year old. When she saw an ad for Duracell showcasing the story of Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman (and later, his performance in the team's January 20 game), Kovalcik was inspired. Coleman is also hearing-impaired. So Kovalcik got out a piece of paper and wrote Coleman a letter. In it, she told him that she had "faif" in him and that he should just try his best. Kovalcik also counted the things they had in common (two!) and called him her "insperation."
If you couldn't tell already, she's pretty much the cutest kid.
Then something incredible happened: After Kovalcik's father snapped a photo of the note and shared it on Twitter, it went viral ... and gained the attention of Coleman, himself!
Coleman was so moved that he decided to pen his own reply to the 9-year-old. He told Kovalcik that "even though we wear hearing aids, we can still accomplish our goals & dreams!" He told her if she's ever in town, they should hang out and that he hopes she continues to root for him at the Super Bowl (obviously).
Not only does his reply warm our hearts, but we can only imagine how excited Kovalcik was when she read it! Her father is so grateful and proud, saying of Coleman, "He's somebody to look up to, and he made her feel like hearing aids are cool.”