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Cosey Coleman
No. 60     
Offensive Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-10-27) October 27, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth: Clarkston, Georgia
High School: Decatur (GA) Southwest DeKalb
Career information
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
Debuted in 2000 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last played in 2006 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 2000 2004)
Career highlights and awards
* BCS National Championship (1998)
Games played     100
Games started     92
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Cosey Casey Coleman (born October 27, 1978) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive guard in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. Coleman played college football for the University of Tennessee, was a member of a BCS National Championship team, and received All-American honors. A second-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.

Early yearsEdit

Coleman was born in Clarkston, Georgia. He attended Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur, Georgia, and earned USA Today high school All-America honors playing high school football for the Southwest DeKalb Panthers.

College careerEdit

Coleman received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee, where he played for coach Phil Fulmer's Tennessee Volunteers football team from 1997 to 1999. Starting as a freshman in 1997, he played in 35 games, and starting 30 of them, over his three-season college career. As a sophomore, he started all 13 games and led the Volunteers to a Southeastern Conference (SEC) title and a 23–16 victory over the Florida State Seminoles in the Fiesta Bowl) to win the BCS National Championship. For his stellar play during the 1998 season, including going the entire year without allowing a quarterback sack, Coleman was named first-team All-SEC selection and a second-team All-American. He was a first-team All-SEC selection and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American honors following his 1999 junior year.[1] Coleman decided to enter the NFL Draft after his junior year.

Professional careerEdit

Coleman was drafted in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft (37th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As a rookie with Tampa Bay in 2000, he appeared in eight games at both offensive guard positions, and averaged about six pancake blocks a game. He moved into the starting lineup in 2001, starting for all 16 games and the Buccaneers' playoff game. Looking to improve further, Coleman started 15 of 16 regular season games in 2002 as well as all three playoff games, which included Super Bowl XXXVII. In that game, the Buccaneers dominated the Oakland Raiders en route to a 48-21 victory and a Super Bowl title. Coleman would start all 32 games over the 2003 and 2004 seasons and continued to cement his reputation as one of the league's best (and most underrated) offensive linemen.

Following the 2004 season, Coleman moved on to the Cleveland Browns and was promptly inserted into the starting lineup for a young Browns team. Over his seven-year career, Coleman has played in 85 games and started 77 of them. Coleman announced his retirement from the league in 2007 after seven years in the league due to bad knees, which not would allow him to pass a physical.

Post-playing careerEdit

After retirement from professional football, he re-enrolled at the University of Tennessee where he majored in legal studies. He is currently an assistant coach for the Middelton High School Football team.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  2. http://www2.tbo.com/sports/bucs/2011/aug/03/ex-buc-coleman-starts-his-coaching-career-middleto-ar-248122/
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