Kenyon Coleman

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Kenyon Coleman
No. 99, 93, 90
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-04-10) April 10, 1979 (age 36)
Place of birth: Fontana, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
College: UCLA
NFL draft: 2002 / Round: 5 / Pick: 147
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 361
Sacks: 13.5
INTs: 0
Stats at
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Kenyon Octavia Coleman (born April 10, 1979) is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League. He was drafted in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft out of the UCLA by the Oakland Raiders. He has also played for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, and the New Orleans Saints.

Early years[edit]

Coleman was born in Fontana, California[1][2] to Johnny and Patsy Coleman. He attended Alta Loma High School in Alta Loma, California, where he played football as an offensive and defensive lineman, while helping his teams win two CIF championships.[1] He earned All-State honors as a sophomore, but his junior season was cut short after fracturing his left leg. As a senior he was named to the PrepStar All-American team. He also played three years of varsity basketball.

College career[edit]

Coleman attended the University of California, Los Angeles,[1][2] where he majored in philosophy. During his college career, he had 138 tackles and 16.5 sacks. He earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention as a true sophomore and second-team All-Pac-10 as a junior. In 2000 as a senior he suffered torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee, playing against Michigan University in the third game of the season. Coleman was granted a medical redshirt, coming back in 2001 as a fifth year senior to earn third-team All-American, All-Pac-10 and winning the Morris Trophy as the conference's top lineman.

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Coleman was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft and made his NFL debut against the Buffalo Bills in week 5.[2] At the start of his second season, the emergence of other young defensive ends made him expendable in the eyes of Raiders management.

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)[edit]

On August 31, 2003, the Dallas Cowboys acquired him via a trade from the Oakland Raiders, in exchange for a 2004 7th round draft choice and a 2005 6th round pick.

He spent four seasons with the Cowboys as a reserve defensive end,[2] registering 68 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He played in a 4–3 defense in his first two years, before the Cowboys switched to a 3–4 defense in 2005.

New York Jets[edit]

On March 6, 2007 he was signed by the New York Jets as an unrestricted free agent, becoming a starter and leading all NFL defensive ends in tackles with 83. On April 25, 2009, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns as part of a trade to acquire the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, in order to select Mark Sanchez.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

In Cleveland he was reunited with former New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini and played as the Browns left defensive end starter. On February 9, 2011, the Browns released Coleman.

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)[edit]

On July 30, 2011, after losing Stephen Bowen in free agency and hiring his former Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, the Cowboys signed him as a free agent to a 2-year contract worth $3.75 million. During his second stint with the Cowboys, he was named the starter at left defensive end, and his physical size and strength was used to improve the team's run defense. In 2011 he started 15-of-16 games and recorded 44 tackles. In 2012 his season ended early with a torn triceps in his left arm (suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles) that required season-ending surgery, he finished with 5 starts (missed two games with a knee injury) and 22 tackles.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On April 1, 2013, Coleman signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, reuniting him once again with the former Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.[3] On August 7, the team announced that he suffered a torn pectoral muscle and would miss the entire 2013 season.[4] On August 19, he was placed on the injured reserve list.[5] He announced his retirement on February 21, 2014. [6]

Personal life[edit]

Coleman and his wife, Katie, have a daughter and three sons.


  1. ^ a b c "Player profile from NFL's official site". Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Kenyon Coleman player profile". Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  3. ^ Larry Holder, "Defensive end Kenyon Coleman signs with New Orleans Saints", The Times-Picayune, April 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (August 7, 2013). "Saints' Kenyon Coleman, Joe Morgan out for season". Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sean Payton announces New Orleans Saints roster moves". August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
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