Leonard Coleman

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Not to be confused with Leonard S. Coleman, Jr..
Leonard Coleman
Date of birth (1962-01-30) January 30, 1962 (age 55)
Place of birth Boynton Beach, FL
Career information
Position(s) CB
College Vanderbilt
NFL draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
As player
1984–1987 Indianapolis Colts
1988–1989 San Diego Chargers
Career stats

Leonard Coleman (born January 30, 1962) is a former American football player who played cornerback in the National Football League for the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers from 1985 to 1989.[1] He played college football at Vanderbilt University and was drafted by the Colts in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft, the first player drafted by the team following its relocation from Baltimore.[2]

Coleman sat out the 1984 NFL season because of a contract dispute,[3][4] instead signing a deal with the Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League and completing his degree at Vanderbilt.[5] Early in the 1985 season, however, Coleman joined the Colts after the club bought out his contract with Memphis.[6] He started all 16 games for Indianapolis in 1986,[1] but played in only four games in 1987.[1] Coleman was traded to the Chargers for an undisclosed draft pick on July 9, 1988,[7] playing 16 games in 1988 and one in 1989[1] before being waived on September 12, 1989.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Palmer, Pete; Pullis, Ken; Lahman, Sean; Silverman, Matthew; Gillette, Gary. The ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia: First Edition, p. 148. ESPN Books, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4027-4216-3.
  2. ^ Palmer et al., p. 1426.
  3. ^ Lawrence Journal-World. "Colts' top draft pick upset by Irsay remarks". July 4, 1984, p. 11. Retrieved on June 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Marmor, Jon. "Colts' Impasse Pushing Coleman Toward USFL". Palm Beach Post, July 27, 1984, pp. D1, D3. Retrieved on June 13, 2013.
  5. ^ Snook, Jeff. "Coleman Has Money, Pride; Degree Next". Palm Beach Post, December 5, 1984, pp. D1, D3. Retrieved on June 13, 2013.
  6. ^ Palm Beach Post. "Colts Acquire Coleman". September 19, 1985, p. D9. Retrieved on June 13, 2013.
  7. ^ Bowling Green Daily News. "Transactions". July 10, 1988, p. 20-A. Retrieved on June 13, 2013.
  8. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "Transactions: Tuesday's Moves". September 13, 1989, p. 2C. Retrieved on June 13, 2013.