Kurt Coleman

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Kurt Coleman
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Coleman in the 2014 season.
No. 20 Carolina Panthers
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-01) July 1, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth: Dayton, Ohio
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Clayton (OH) Northmont
College: Ohio State
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 244
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Total tackles: 348
Sacks: 1.0
Forced fumbles: 3
Pass deflections: 26
Interceptions: 17
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Kurt Coleman (born July 1, 1988) is an American football safety for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

Early years[edit]

Coleman graduated from Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio in 2006. He was ranked 14th at the position of cornerback according to scout.com for 2006.[1]

College career[edit]

Coleman played college football at Ohio State. At a spring practice during his freshman year, Coleman tackled wide receiver Tyson Gentry. Gentry became paralyzed. Coleman almost quit the football team before Gentry forgave him during a hospital visit.[2] In 2009, Coleman made 68 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-American honors by Sporting News and first-team All-Big Ten honors.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Coleman was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.[3] He was signed to a four-year contract on June 3, 2010.[4] On September 2, 2010, in the Eagles' final preseason game against the New York Jets, Coleman returned two fumbles for touchdowns (64 and 8 yards).[5] In a November 7, 2010 game against the Indianapolis Colts, Coleman made a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts wide receiver Austin Collie. Collie was immobilized as he was carried off the field on a stretcher and was later diagnosed with a concussion. Coleman was assessed a personal foul penalty, but was not fined for the hit.[6] In a November 15, 2010 game against the Washington Redskins, Coleman made an interception at the Redskins' 37-yard line, leading to the third touchdown in the first quarter.[7]

In an October 16, 2011 game against the Washington Redskins, Coleman made three interceptions, returning them for 24 yards. He was the first Eagles player since 1966 to have three interceptions in one game.[8] Thanks in large part to his performance, the Eagles snapped a four game losing streak with a 20-13 victory. Coleman was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He was placed on injured reserve on December 28, 2011, due to a biceps injury.[9]

On September 9, 2012, Coleman recorded 2 interceptions against Brandon Weeden and the Cleveland Browns.[10] On October 28, 2012, Coleman recorded his second-career forced fumble against the Atlanta Falcons.[11]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Coleman signed with the Minnesota Vikings on April 14, 2014.[12] He was released on August 31.[13]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Coleman signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on September 2, 2014.[14] In his only year with the team, he led the team in interceptions with three. Coleman grabbed 2 interceptions against Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.[15]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Coleman signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on March 16, 2015.[16] During the Panthers win over the Indianapolis Colts, Coleman recorded 8 total tackles along with an interception returned for 15 yards.[17] During the Panthers' Week 12 game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Coleman intercepted a pass by Tony Romo on the first drive of the game and ran it back for a touchdown.[18] Coleman recorded his 6th interception of the season the following week against the New Orleans Saints and recorded his 7th interception against the Atlanta Falcons the next game.[19][20] Coleman recorded two interceptions in the NFC Championship game versus the Arizona Cardinals.[21] In Super Bowl 50, Coleman recorded 5 tackles, but the Panthers lost 24-10 to the Denver Broncos.

On July 26, 2016, Coleman signed a three-year contract extension with the Panthers.[22]

Personal[edit]

Coleman co-founded the Ohio State chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Coleman's father, Ron, was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2006. Ron works as an assistant principal at Walter E. Stebbins High School in Riverside, Ohio.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#2 Kurt Coleman". Scout.com. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  2. ^ a b Moore, David Leon (December 30, 2009). "Challenges strengthen Ohio State senior Kurt Coleman". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  3. ^ a b McPherson, Chris (April 26, 2010). "Rough Freshman Year Toughened Coleman". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Aaron (June 3, 2010). "Eagles agree to terms with Kurt Coleman". NationalFootballPost.com. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  5. ^ Weinberg, David (September 3, 2010). "Safety Coleman returns two fumbles for TDs, but Eagles lose preseason finale 21-17 to Jets". pressofatlanticcity.com. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  6. ^ CBSSports.com wire reports. "Colts wideout Collie carted off field with head injury". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  7. ^ JasonB (2010-11-16). "Eagles Defeat Redskins 59-28 In Historic Victory". Bleeding Green Nation. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  8. ^ Narducci, Marc (October 16, 2011). "Coleman leads Eagles with three picks". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  9. ^ JasonB (2011-12-28). "Eagles Place Kurt Coleman On IR". Bleeding Green Nation. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  10. ^ Reed, Tom (2012-09-12). "Cleveland Browns' Trent Richardson lowers the face value of the Philadelphia Eagles' Kurt Coleman: Browns Insider". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  11. ^ "Falcons vs. Eagles - Box Score - October 28, 2012 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  12. ^ Gantt, Darin. "Vikings agree to terms with safety Kurt Coleman". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Zinski, Dan (2014-08-30). "Vikings Roster Cuts: Chris Crocker, Kurt Coleman Among Those Released". The Viking Age. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  14. ^ Paylor, Terez (2014-09-02). "Kurt Coleman, a former Eagles safety, signs with KC Chiefs". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  15. ^ Paylor, Terez (2014-12-28). "Chiefs’ secondary closes out season in style, keeping Chargers’ offense in check". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  16. ^ Henson, Max (March 16, 2015). "Panthers sign safety Coleman". Panthers.com. 
  17. ^ "Colts vs. Panthers - Box Score - November 2, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  18. ^ NFL (2015-11-26), Tony Romo Passes a Pick 6 to Kurt Coleman! | Panthers vs. Cowboys | NFL, retrieved 2016-07-28 
  19. ^ Beversluis, Brian (2015-12-07). "Panthers 41 Saints 38: Cardiac Cats nearly create Cardiac Arrest". Cat Scratch Reader. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  20. ^ Jones, Jonathan (2015-12-13). "Carolina Panthers’ 38-0 runaway victory over Falcons moves them to 13-0". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  21. ^ Paylor, Terez (2016-01-24). "NFC Championship notes: Ex-Chief Kurt Coleman stands out in Panthers’ win". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  22. ^ Wesseling, Chris (July 26, 2016). "Kurt Coleman, Panthers reach three-year extension". NFL.com. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 

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