By Joe Fryer and Sharaf Mowjood, NBC News 
Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman may claim he’s “nobody special” but to the millions of people who know his life story, he’s an inspiration.
“I’m just a guy who has hearing aids and wanted to play football and found a way to do it,” Coleman, 23, told NBC News.
As the first deaf offensive player in the NFL, his tough road to the big leagues was featured in a Duracell ad that’s been viewed more than 5.6 million times on YouTube.
Deaf since the age of 3, Coleman has had to rely on lip reading. It’s a skill he honed at a young age at school where his hearing impairment required him to work extra hard.
“Freshman or sophomore year of high school is where I had that mindset of if someone tells me that I can’t do something, well I’m going to try real hard to …