Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman has been deaf his whole life. He has overcome all odds to make it to the NFL despite many hurdles including going undrafted. His story and one-minute Duracell battery commercial has become a source of inspiration for people in the deaf community.
“I don’t get pain or anything like that. I don’t need earplugs. My hearing aids are my earplugs,” Coleman said of the loud crowds in Seattle, via the Los Angeles Times. “I feel the vibration. I know they’re yelling — you’ve got a lot of problems if you can’t hear that.”
One little girl, who is also deaf, wrote him a touching letter.
— jake kovalcik (@JakeIsMobile) January 21, 2014
Now Coleman has responded back with a letter.
— Derrick Coleman Jr (@DC2forlife) January 22, 2014
In case you missed the commercial, hear it is: