Erik Coleman

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Erik Coleman
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Coleman with the Falcons in 2009
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Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-05-06) May 6, 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth: Sacramento, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College: Washington State
NFL draft: 2004 / Round: 5 / Pick: 143
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 653
Interceptions: 11
Passes defensed: 35
Stats at

Erik Coleman (born May 6, 1982) is a former American football safety in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft and also played for the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions. He played college football at Washington State.

College career[edit]

Coleman played college football at Washington State. He majored in communications.

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

Coleman was selected by the New York Jets in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He unexpectedly became one of the most important Jet defenders, cementing his starting role with interceptions in each of his first two NFL games. He finished the season as the NFL's highest grossing member of its performance-pay program, the league's plan for rewarding low-salary players who outperform their contracts. In week six of the 2005 season against the Buffalo Bills he made a career high 14 tackles. Before the 2006 season Coleman underwent an appendectomy, slowing his production that season. During his tenure with the New York Jets he started in 45 of 48 regular season games.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Coleman with the Falcons in 2009.

On March 1, 2008, Coleman was signed by the Atlanta Falcons. In the 2008 season, Erik Coleman had 95 total tackles, 6 passes deflected, and three interceptions. Those three interceptions were the most on the Atlanta Falcons team.

On February 9, 2011, Coleman was released from the Falcons.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On February 18, 2011, Coleman signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions.[1] He was released on December 4, 2012.