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Derrick Coleman
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Coleman with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015
No. 40 Atlanta Falcons
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-10-18) October 18, 1990 (age 26)
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
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2015
Rushing yards: 35
Rushing touchdowns: 0
Receptions: 11
Receiving yards: 91
Receiving touchdowns: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Derrick Lamont Coleman (born October 18, 1990) is an American football fullback for the Atlanta Falcons 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 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 by the Vikings 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]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On March 21, 2017, Coleman signed with the Atlanta Falcons.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2014, Coleman was featured in a widely praised commercial for Duracell batteries.[10][11] 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.[12]

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."[13]

Legal incidents[edit]

On October 15, 2015, Coleman was driving his Dodge Ram erractically in Bellevue, Washington. After accelerating to over 60 mph, he slammed into back of another vehicle, injuring the 56-year old driver, Kristopher Fine. It is alleged that Coleman took off on foot from the scene of the accident but was spotted and detained by police within 10 minutes. Police said that Coleman claimed he had smoked spice, a synthetic form of marijuana, about an hour before the incident. On October 6, 2016, he pled guilty to vehicular assault and hit-and-run charges. On October 15, 2016, he was sentenced to 240 hours of community service and is required to be under community supervision for 12 months. Under the agreement he is also required to pay the victim restitution and property damages. After being sentenced, he was also notified that if he were to sign with a team he would be required to serve a four-game suspension.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farmer, Sam (January 16, 2014). "Seahawks' Derrick Coleman thrives despite his hearing impairment". LATimes.com. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  2. ^ Condotta, Bob (August 15, 2013). "Seahawks' Derrick Coleman makes his mark despite hearing disability". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. 
  3. ^ "Following Derrick Coleman's lead". NFL.com. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Pelissero, Tom (April 28, 2012). "Six D-Linemen among 15 Undrafted who Agree to Terms with Vikings". KSTP. 
  5. ^ Pelissero, Tom (August 25, 2012). "Vikings Waive 15 Players, Including Solomon Elimimian, Derrick Coleman". KSTP. 
  6. ^ http://www.seahawks.com/videos-photos/videos/Derrick-Coleman-8-yard-touchdown/210b5cbf-769d-48f7-9225-e018614f42df
  7. ^ "Seahawks immediately suspend Derrick Coleman after accident investigation", Yahoo.com, October 15, 2015.
  8. ^ "Seahawks' Derrick Coleman reinstated after team views police interviews", ESPN.com, October 19, 2015.
  9. ^ Jackson, Curtis (March 21, 2017). "Falcons Sign FB Coleman, G Thornton, and FB Vainuku". AtlantaFalcons.com. 
  10. ^ Tim Nudd, "Deaf NFL Player Derrick Coleman Tells His Story in Terrific Duracell Ad", Adweek, January 13, 2014.
  11. ^ Vinnie Iyer, "Hear this: Seahawks FB Derrick Coleman has one inspiring story", Sporting News, January 10, 2014.
  12. ^ Deaf Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman invites hearing impaired girls to Super Bowl, Daily News (New York), January 30, 2014.
  13. ^ "Deaf NFL Seattle Seahawks Player Derrick Coleman Inspires Millions in Viral Duracell Ad - 'I Always Say God Blessed Me' (VIDEO)". 
  14. ^ Sara Jean Green. "Ex-Seahawk, Derrick Coleman, Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Assault, Hit in Run, in Bellevue Crash". Retrieved October 17, 2016. 

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