Meet Riley Kovalcik (pictured left).
An entire football team (and Richard Sherman, specifically) has her to thank for any good reports it is getting right about now. Riley is a nine-year-old girl who saw a moving advertisement about Seattle Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman, and wrote him a letter.
Riley, who is hearing-impaired, wrote Coleman a heart-felt letter that will melt your heart. You see, Coleman is the NFL’s first-ever legally deaf player. His story alone is amazing, but add a precious little girl’s sentiment of “I have faif in you” to the mix?
You have the makings for a viral sensation, a ‘Lifetime’ movie and enough positive mojo to win the entire Super Bowl on its own.
When Seattle beat the San Francisco 49ers (and before Sherman’s well-publicized implosion), Riley’s family were gathered around the TV watching the game. At that time, shortly before the game, Riley’s family saw this fascinating ad by Duracell:
While we could all learn something from Coleman’s refusal to never quit and give in to the ills of society, Riley was inspired so much that she wrote Coleman a letter to thank him for his excellent attitude. Her father, Jake Kovalcik, thought it deserved a little more attention, so he took to Twitter.
He tweeted the heart-melting letter to the 23-year-old with what you see below. The rest? It’s viral bulletin board material and the reason Peyton Manning’s swan song story and “don’t call it a comeback” will have to wait for another year. I mean, how do you argue with this?
— jake kovalcik (@JakeIsMobile) January 21, 2014