Nine-year-old Riley Kovalcik, from Roxbury, New Jersey, wrote a letter to football running back for the Seattle Seahawks Derrick Coleman on Sunday.
Riley and her identical twin sister, Erin, who is also hearing impaired, were inspired by the sportsman after watching a Duracell ad about his journey which was released earlier this month.
Coleman became deaf when he was three-years-old. He was rejected multiple times, but he never gave up. Now he is in the NFL, and that’s what the commercial was all about.
The sisters became Coleman’s fans and watched all his matches, especially the one in which he helped his team beat the San Francisco 49ers to qualify for this year's Super Bowl.
Riley then penned a moving note to Coleman which her father, Jake Kovalcik, later posted on Twitter thanking the NFL player.
“You've inspired my little girls in a way I never could,” Kovalcik tweeted.
The Seattle Seahawks account retweeted the photo of the note which prompted and equally emotional response from Coleman himself.
Read Riley’s letter and Derrick Coleman’s hear-melting reply in the picture below: