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Derrick Coleman (American football)

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Derrick Coleman
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Coleman with the Seattle Seahawks
No. -- Free agent
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-10-18) October 18, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Fullerton (CA) Troy
College: UCLA
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2015
Rushing yards: 35
Rushing TDs: 0
Receptions: 11
Receiving yards: 91
Receiving TDs: 2
Player stats at

Derrick Lamont Coleman (born October 18, 1990) is an American football fullback who is currently a free agent. 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 three years old.[2] He attended Troy High School in Fullerton, California, and played college football for UCLA.[3] He worked with an audiologist from the third grade until he graduated from high school.[citation needed]

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]

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. Coleman was a part of the Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII championship team.[6] On October 15, 2015, Coleman was suspended indefinitely after an arrest on hit and run charges,[7] but the suspension was lifted on October 19, after a team investigation.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2014, Coleman was featured in a widely praised commercial for Duracell batteries.[9][10] 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.[11]

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."[12]


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