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Little Girl's Letter Touches Social Media Users' Hearts

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A little girl's touching letter is setting social media outlets ablaze with love.

The letter was addressed to NFL Seattle Seahawks running back Derrick Coleman. It was a response to his inspiring Duracell commercial about how he overcame his doubters and made it to the NFL, despite being deaf.

"I know how you feel," the little girl Riley writes. "I also have hearing aids. Just try your best."

The tweet was sent out by nine-year-old Riley Kovalcik's father, Jake Kovalcik. It has gotten a lot of love on social media, including 1,318 retweets, 1,493 favors, and lots of replies. The letter has also been featured on Bleacher Report, Fox Sports as well as retweeted by twitter users with huge followings.

According to the FOXSports, Seahawks' Derrick Coleman has been legally deaf since age three and is the first legally deaf player in the NFL. He's gotten by with the assistance of hearing aids and also learned to read lips.

Comments on the FOX Sports story show that Riley is not the only girl inspired.

"I have a cousin who is deaf as well. He was thrilled when Derrick came to play at UCLA and is absolutely awed that this guy never gave up and just might get a superbowl ring," wrote Footballgirl101.

Before heading to a team walkthrough Wednesday morning, Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman felt the need to write, reports FOX News.

He squeezed in a couple of minutes to write to 9-year-old Riley Kovalcik.

"This morning I woke up and was like let me write something back. So right before our walkthrough I wrote up a little something," Coleman said in the Seahawks' locker room on Wednesday afternoon. "Might see some grammar mistakes in there, but I was trying to put it out right quick and send it back."

Coleman said he regularly receives letters, but Riley's felt special and that's why he took the time to respond so quickly even as the Seahawks are preparing for next week's Super Bowl against Denver.

Coleman wrote, "I want you to know that I always try my best in everything that I do and faith in you & your twin sister too. Even though we wear hearing aids we can still accomplish our goals & dreams."

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