Derrick Coleman (American football)

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Derrick Coleman
Derrick Coleman Seahawks 2013.jpg
No. 40     Seattle Seahawks
Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-10-18) October 18, 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school: Fullerton (CA) Troy
College: UCLA
Undrafted in 2012
Debuted in 2013 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Rushing yards 3
Rushing TDs 0
Receptions 8
Receiving yards 62
Receiving TDs 1
Stats at NFL.com

Derrick Lamont Coleman (born October 18, 1990) is an American football fullback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2012. He played college football for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Coleman is the first deaf offensive player in the NFL.[1]

Early life[edit]

Coleman became deaf when he was 3 years old.[2] He attended Troy High School in Fullerton, California, and played college football for UCLA.[3] Derrick Coleman worked with audiologist Nancy Adzovich from the 3rd grade until he graduated highschool.

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Coleman went undrafted, then signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings on April 28, 2012.[4] He was waived in August.[5]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Derrick Coleman was signed by the Seattle Seahawks in December 2012. He made the 2013 season cut after the fourth preseason game and thus was added to the 53-man roster. In week one's game between the Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers, Coleman had three catches for 30 yards. Derrick Coleman scored his first NFL touchdown on December 2, 2013 on Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints off of a ricochet ball from Kellen Davis.[6]

Personal[edit]

In January 2014, Coleman was featured in a widely-praised commercial for Duracell batteries.[7][8] The commercial inspired twin sisters Riley and Erin Kovalcik, who also wear hearing aids, to write him a letter of support. After exchanging letters, Coleman and Duracell decided to invite the Kovalcik family to watch the Super Bowl game in person on February 2, 2014.[9]

Coleman is a Christian and has spoken about his faith, saying, "I always say that God blessed me this morning and I can do what I do."[10]

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