Kurt Coleman

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Kurt Coleman
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Coleman in the 2014 season.
No. 20 Carolina Panthers
Position: Free safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-01) July 1, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Dayton, Ohio
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Clayton (OH) Northmont
College: Ohio State
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 244
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Sporting News first-team All-America honors (2009)
  • First-team All-Big Ten honors (2009)
  • NFC Defensive Player Of The Week (Week 6, 2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 258
Interceptions: 10
Passes defensed: 17
Forced fumbles: 3
Stats at NFL.com

Kurt Coleman (born July 1, 1988) is an American football safety for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

Early years[edit]

Coleman graduated from Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio in 2006. He was ranked 14th at the position of cornerback according to scout.com for 2006.[1]

College career[edit]

Coleman played college football at Ohio State. At a spring practice during his freshman year, Coleman tackled wide receiver Tyson Gentry. Gentry became paralyzed. Coleman almost quit the football team before Gentry forgave him during a hospital visit.[2] In 2009, Coleman made 68 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-American honors by Sporting News and first-team All-Big Ten honors.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Coleman was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.[3] He was signed to a four-year contract on June 3, 2010.[4] On September 2, 2010, in the Eagles' final preseason game against the New York Jets, Coleman returned two fumbles for touchdowns (64 and 8 yards).[5]

In a November 7, 2010 game against the Indianapolis Colts, Coleman made a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts wide receiver Austin Collie. Collie was immobilized as he was carried off the field on a stretcher and was later diagnosed with a concussion. Coleman was assessed a personal foul penalty, but was not fined for the hit.[6]

In a November 15, 2010 game against the Washington Redskins, Coleman made an interception at the Redskins' 37-yard line, leading to the third touchdown in the first quarter.

In an October 16, 2011 game against the Washington Redskins, Coleman made three interceptions, returning them for 24 yards. He was the first Eagles player since 1966 to have three interceptions in one game.[7] Thanks in large part to his performance, the Eagles snapped a four game losing streak with a 20-13 victory. Coleman was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He was placed on injured reserve on December 28, due to a biceps injury.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Coleman signed with the Minnesota Vikings on April 14, 2014.[8] He was released on August 31.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Coleman signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on September 2, 2014. In his only year with the team, he lead the team in interceptions with three.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Coleman signed with the Carolina Panthers on March 16, 2015.[9]


Coleman co-founded the Ohio State chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Coleman's father, Ron, was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2006. Ron works as an assistant principal at Walter E. Stebbins High School in Riverside, Ohio.[2]


  1. ^ "#2 Kurt Coleman". Scout.com. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  2. ^ a b Moore, David Leon (December 30, 2009). "Challenges strengthen Ohio State senior Kurt Coleman". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  3. ^ a b McPherson, Chris (April 26, 2010). "Rough Freshman Year Toughened Coleman". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Aaron (June 3, 2010). "Eagles agree to terms with Kurt Coleman". NationalFootballPost.com. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  5. ^ Weinberg, David (September 3, 2010). "Safety Coleman returns two fumbles for TDs, but Eagles lose preseason finale 21-17 to Jets". pressofatlanticcity.com. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  6. ^ CBSSports.com wire reports. "Colts wideout Collie carted off field with head injury". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Narducci, Marc (October 16, 2011). "Coleman leads Eagles with three picks". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  8. ^ Gantt, Darin. "Vikings agree to terms with safety Kurt Coleman". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Panthers sign safety Coleman

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