Marcus Coleman

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Marcus Coleman
No. 42, 32
Position: Cornerback / Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-05-24) May 24, 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Lake Highlands (TX)
College: Texas Tech
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 517
Interceptions: 25
Touchdowns: 2
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Marcus Coleman (born May 24, 1974) is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League for the New York Jets, Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Texas Tech University.

Early years[edit]

Coleman attended Lake Highlands High School, receiving all-district and all-city honors as a safety.

He accepted a scholarship from Texas Tech University. He started 36 straight games and as a senior he was the first to play the "Raider position" (combination of outside linebacker-strong safety).

Coleman set the school and Southwest Conference career record with four interception returns for touchdowns and also left with the school record for blocked kicks in a season (3). He finished his college career with 256 tackles, 9 interceptions and 6 blocked kicks. He also received all-conference honors, while competing in the long jump and the triple jump.

In 2008, he was named to the All-Time Texas Tech football team. In 2010, he was inducted into the Texas Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

Coleman was selected by the New York Jets in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft and started 4 games at right cornerback as a rookie.

In 1997, he began to have issues with new head coach Bill Parcells, who moved him from free safety to cornerback. Parcells called him "The Wizard", because of inconsistency and his problems understanding the defensive scheme.[1]

Coleman had a break-out year in 1999, becoming the starter at right cornerback after playing the first 4 games as a nickel back. He made 64 tackles, while leading the team with 6 interceptions (tied for sixth in the NFL) and 24 passes defensed.

The next year, he registered 56 tackles, 19 passes defensed (led the team) and 4 interceptions (second on the team), including a 98-yard pick-six against the Miami Dolphins, which at the time was the second-longest interception return in franchise history.

Houston Texans[edit]

Coleman was selected by the Houston Texans in the 2002 NFL Expansion Draft and was named the starter at right cornerback. He posted 90 tackles, 30 passes defensed (led the league), one interception and 2 fumble recoveries.

In 2003, he had 77 tackles and 23 passes defensed, while leading the team with 7 interceptions, which was a franchise record and tied him for fourth in the NFL. He received the AFC Defensive Player of the Month award for his performance in September.

In 2004, he was moved to free safety after the team drafted Dunta Robinson. He holds the Texans record for the longest interception return, with a 102-yard pick-six registered against the Kansas City Chiefs.[2] On November 21, 2004, he suffered a sprained right shoulder against the Green Bay Packers and although he was able to play in the next two games, he was eventually placed on the injured reserve list, finishing with 80 tackles, 2 interceptions and 8 passes defensed.

The next year, he was deactivated for the game against the Baltimore Ravens for missing a walkthrough and was benched for the last 4 games.[3] He posted 11 starts, 66 tackles, one interception and 3 passes defensed.[4] On February 28, 2006, he was released in a salary-cap move.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On April 18, 2006, Coleman was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent, reuniting him with his former Jets head coach Bill Parcells. He was suspended by the league for the first four games, because of a violation of the substance-abuse policy.[5]

He appeared in 3 games as a backup, before being cut on November 11. He finished his career with 484 tackles, 25 interceptions, 119 passes defensed and 2 touchdowns.


  1. ^ "With Jets' Coleman, It's No Longer Mental". Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Coleman still can make plays". Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Texans release starter Riley, bench Coleman". Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Parcells to replace rookie Watkins with vet Coleman". Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cowboys re-sign DB Coleman, released on Saturday". Retrieved March 20, 2016.