Derrick Coleman (American football)
Coleman with the Seattle Seahawks
|No. -- Free agent|
|Date of birth:||October 18, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Los Angeles, California|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||236 lb (107 kg)|
|High school:||Fullerton (CA) Troy|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2015|
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.
Coleman became deaf when he was three years old. He attended Troy High School in Fullerton, California, and played college football for UCLA. He worked with an audiologist from the third grade until he graduated from high school.
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. On October 15, 2015, Coleman was suspended indefinitely after an arrest on hit and run charges, but the suspension was lifted on October 19, after a team investigation.
In January 2014, Coleman was featured in a widely praised commercial for Duracell batteries. 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.
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- Condotta, Bob (August 15, 2013). "Seahawks' Derrick Coleman makes his mark despite hearing disability". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company.
- "Following Derrick Coleman's lead". NFL.com. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Pelissero, Tom (April 28, 2012). "Six D-Linemen among 15 Undrafted who Agree to Terms with Vikings". KSTP.
- Pelissero, Tom (August 25, 2012). "Vikings Waive 15 Players, Including Solomon Elimimian, Derrick Coleman". KSTP.
- "Seahawks immediately suspend Derrick Coleman after accident investigation", Yahoo.com, October 15, 2015.
- "Seahawks' Derrick Coleman reinstated after team views police interviews", ESPN.com, October 19, 2015.
- Tim Nudd, "Deaf NFL Player Derrick Coleman Tells His Story in Terrific Duracell Ad", Adweek, January 13, 2014.
- Vinnie Iyer, "Hear this: Seahawks FB Derrick Coleman has one inspiring story", Sporting News, January 10, 2014.
- Deaf Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman invites hearing impaired girls to Super Bowl, Daily News (New York), January 30, 2014.
- "Deaf NFL Seattle Seahawks Player Derrick Coleman Inspires Millions in Viral Duracell Ad - 'I Always Say God Blessed Me' (VIDEO)".