RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman took time to write a response letter to a 9-year-old deaf girl whose father sent her letter via Twitter to the Super Bowl-bound player.

Coleman says he took time before the team walkthrough on Wednesday morning to write the response then took a photo and posted it to his Twitter account. Coleman wrote to Riley Kovalcik, “Really was great hearing from a friend I have so much in common with.”

Coleman is hearing impaired and has been since he was 3 years old. He says he regularly gets letters similar to the one he received from Riley.

Riley’s father, Jake, told the New York Daily News he posted the letter on Twitter to show Coleman how much of an inspiration he is for his kids.


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