Two Hearing-Impaired Girls Get Surprise Visit from Deaf NFL Star

Derrick Coleman, the NFL’s first deaf player, has received a lot of attention lately because he’ll be playing in the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks. As great as a victory in that game would be for him, he likely relishes moments like those in the video below even more.

During an interview on “Good Morning America” about why they see Coleman as an inspiration, nine-year-old hearing-impaired twins, Riley and Erin Kovalick, received a surprise visit from their idol. The looks on their faces are priceless, so watch this video if you need a smile.

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About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.

  • Janice Schacter Lintz

    Kudos!!! Derrick, Riley and Erin will be thrilled to know that Met Life Stadium has captions on the scoreboard, headsets or neck loops for the bowl and induction loops at the ticket window.

    Janice Schacter Lintz, Chair, Hearing Access Program

  • deafdeaf

    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.

    • ASL Interpreter

      Thank you for saying this! The hearing world needs to understand that being Deaf isn’t a label that people are scared of, it’s the way they identify with their culture just as much as others say they are “American”, “Hispanic”, or “Indian”.

  • Cheri Hyatt Perazzoli

    What a dream come true!