The fullback was born deaf, but went on to play at UCLA and eventually the Super Bowl-bound Seahawks.
The viral commercial made quite an impact on two of his youngest fans, identical 9-year-old twin sisters Riley and Erin Kovalcik, who are also hearing-impaired.
Riley sent Coleman a handwritten letter of encouragement, which her father also posted online:
“I know how you feel,” Riley wrote to Coleman. “I also have hearing aids. Just try your best. I have faif [sic] in you.”
Coleman, who’s a tad busy right now preparing for the game of his life, took the time to personally respond. What a class act!
“Even though we wear hearing aids,” he explained. “We can still accomplish our goals and dreams!”
Seriously? Could this story be any more uplifting? Someone grab us a box of tissues!
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles