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Deaf Seahawks player surprises hard of hearing twins with Super Bowl tickets

- January 30th, 2014

Have you heard of Derrick Coleman?

He’s a fullback for the Seattle Seahawks. He’s a deaf player, a first for the NFL.

As it turns out, he’s also a very decent person.

Coleman gained notoriety earlier this month after he was featured this Duracell commercial.

The ad went viral.

Soon after, Coleman received a heart-warming letter from a pair of fans, nine-year-old twins Riley and Erin Kovalick, both of whom wear hearing aids. Their dad shared the letter, which also took the internet by storm.

Coleman responded with a letter of his own.

On Thursday, ABC News broadcast Coleman meeting Kiley and Erin as you can see in the video above.

They shook hands. They took selfies. And then, Coleman handed them an envelope with tickets to the Super Bowl for the entire Kovalick family.

Coleman, already an inspiration after beating tremendous odds to make it in the NFL, is about to gain even more fame for being a great human.

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7 comments

  1. Deaf Deaf | January 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Please be advised that the term, “hearing impaired” is unacceptable. Here is the explanation:

    The term “Hearing Impaired” is a technically accurate term much preferred by hearing people, largely because they view it as politically correct. In the mainstream society, to boldly state one’s disability (e.g., deaf, blind, etc.) is somewhat rude and impolite. To their way of thinking, it is far better to soften the harsh reality by using the word “impaired” along with “visual”, “hearing”, and so on. “Hearing-impaired” is a well-meaning word that is much-resented by deaf and hard of hearing people. This term was popular in the 70s and 80s, however, now is used mostly by doctors, audiologists and other people who are mainly interested in our ears “not working.”

    While it’s true that their hearing is not perfect, that doesn’t make them impaired as people. Most would prefer to be called Deaf, Hard of Hearing or deaf when the need arises to refer to their hearing status, but not as a primary way to identify them as people (where their hearing status is not significant).

    We are deaf, and not people with impairments (obstacles) in life!

    Hope that you and your people respect by refusing to use the outdated and offensive term. Hearing loss is more acceptable for everyone who is not just deaf.

    http://www.eastersealscrossroads.org/blog/2011/september/deaf-vs-hearing-impaired
    http://www.deafau.org.au/info/terminology.php
    http://nad.org/issues/american-sign-language/community-and-culture-faq
    http://www.ifhoh.org/papers/agreement-terminology/

  2. Anthony Vasquez-Peddie | January 30, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you, DEAF DEAF. Always happy to be educated on such matters. I will put this lesson to use in the future.

  3. deaf too | January 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for changing headline to “deaf” and “hard of hearing”. As deafdeaf says, neither deaf nor hard-of-hearing people want to be called “hearing impaired”.
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    Although there’s no particular offence to it, there’s no term “legally deaf” either, although the video uses that term. Perhaps people think since there’s “legally blind” there must also be “legally deaf”, but there’s not. There are culturally Deaf people (sign-language centred) and oral deaf people (speaking and lipreading) and deafened people (formerly could hear at least some, but no longer can) but not “legally deaf” people.
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    BIG appreciation for listening to the feedback and using requested terms in the headline.

  4. Sing Flatly | January 31, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Thank you, DEAF, DEAF. I don’t get offended personally, regardless of how people refer to me. It doesn’t bother me in the least, though, I am hard of hearing. Which is actually how I refer to myself, to your point. Most often, I don’t mention it unless I actually do have trouble hearing what a person has said to me. I will tell them I am hard of hearing. Due partially to my hearing loss and damage, I have the worst time time understanding people with accents. Especially over the phone. This is especially embarrassing and frustrating as the person with the accent probably is likely aware some people have an issue with their speaking already. I usually just ask them to please repeat what they’ve said or mention I’m hard of hearing. I am also tone deaf and warble off key and out of tune when I sing. Thus the name Sing Flaty, lol. Blessings to everyone here.

  5. Don Anderson | January 31, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I left a very positive comment, why was it not published?

  6. Anthony Vasquez-Peddie | January 31, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you, deaf too. I have removed the word “legally” in front of deaf.

    Don, I can’t find your comment in the back end. Perhaps it didn’t go through. If you try again and it appears I’ll publish it.

  7. Dr. Bri | February 1, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Derrick is good person and I think I have a new favorite player. I hope he has an amazing game and that this family has a memorable experience. My hearing impaired wife (sorry, she prefers that term, not me) is going to be watching a Superbowl game this sunday for the first time ever bc of this story. Good luck Seahawks, and way to go Duracell for stepping up and doing this.

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