Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman has become an unlikely face of the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl, thanks to a viral Duracell battery commercial that told his story of overcoming hearing loss at an early age to become the first legally deaf offensive player in NFL history. His heartwarming story of perseverance resonated with many people in the the deaf community, including 9-year-old twins sisters Riley and Erin Kovalcik, who wrote a letter to Coleman.
Riley and Erin’s father, Jake, tweeted the letter out to Derrick, thanking him for inspiring his daughters. Coleman wrote a letter in response, which also spread like wildfire around social media. But Coleman wasn’t done. Now that he’s in New York City for the Super Bowl, he decided to surprise Riley and Erin with an even greater gift: tickets for their entire family to attend the Big Game. The girls sat down for an interview on Good Morning America, during which Coleman appeared to deliver the good news.