Coles during his second stint with the Jets.
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|Date of birth:December 29, 1977|
|Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida|
|Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)|
|College: Florida State|
|NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78|
|Debuted in 2000 for the New York Jets|
|* New York Jets ( 2000– 2002)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Pro Bowl (2003)
|Career NFL statistics as of 2009|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Laveranues Leon Coles (//; born December 29, 1977) is a former American football wide receiver who played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Florida State University. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft. A Pro Bowl selection in 2003, Coles also played for the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals.
Coles was born in Jacksonville, Florida. While attending Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Coles played football, basketball, and ran track. In football, he rushed for nearly 5,000 yards in his career, was named to the Blue Chip Dream Team, and was a first team Class 4A All-State selection. In basketball, he was a member of a state championship team as a senior. In track, he recorded a time of 10.6 seconds in the 100 meter and 21.8 seconds in the 200 meter. Due to a scandal at Florida State which resulted in Coles's dismissal from the team, he often refers to his high school when introducing himself on Monday Night Football.
On September 29, 1999, during his senior season at Florida State, Coles and teammate Peter Warrick went to a Tallahassee, Florida Dillard's department store and, with the aid of a cashier with whom they were friendly, purchased $412.38 worth of clothing and were charged only $21.40—a discount so large that it is considered shoplifting under Florida law. An off-duty officer saw the event through a surveillance camera, according to police. Coles, Warrick, and the clerk, were arrested for grand theft. On October 22, Coles pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petty theft and was dismissed from the Florida State Seminoles football team. At that year's rivalry game at the University of Florida, Florida Gators fans brought Dillard's bags to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to mock the team. Florida State won the game, and Seminole fans returned the mocking by requesting the bags as souvenirs.
Coles' childhood nickname was "Trouble". Coles was arrested in 1998 for simple battery, suspended for the Seminoles' 1999 season opener versus Louisiana Tech for academic reasons, and was discovered to have accepted a plane ticket from a sports agent's representative in 1999.
First stint with Jets
Coles was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round (78th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. Coles's first career touchdown catch came in the Jets' "Monday Night Miracle" victory against the Miami Dolphins on October 23, 2000.
After a spectacular 2002 season, Coles signed with the Washington Redskins in the 2002 offseason and admitted that he left the Jets because the Redskins offered him more money. He made the Pro Bowl for the Redskins in 2003. At the end of the 2004 season, Coles left the Redskins because of a lack of a deep passing game from Joe Gibbs's conservative 2004-2005 offense.
Second stint with Jets
He was traded back to the Jets in 2005 for Santana Moss. During the first year of his second stint with the Jets, Coles revealed that he had been sexually abused between ages 10 to 13 by a man whom his mother, Sirretta married. Coles refused to divulge the man's name. After the abuse was revealed, Sirretta Coles divorced the man, who was later sentenced to nine years in prison. He served about a third of his sentence and was released. He was convicted of another crime and has been imprisoned since 2001 for it.
After a disappointing season in 2005, Coles enjoyed a rebirth in 2006, directly due to the good health of quarterback, Chad Pennington. On December 26, 2005 he caught the last touchdown in Monday Night Football's last game on ABC. Coles was released by the Jets on February 25, 2009.
He was released by the Bengals on March 4, 2010, exactly one year after signing with the organization.
Third and fourth stint with Jets
The Jets announced Coles had been signed to a one-year contract on July 30, 2010. However, his stay would be brief as the team waived Coles after nearly a month on August 29, 2010.
On December 4, 2010 the Jets filled their open roster spot by signing Coles to yet another contract reuniting him with the Jets. The roster spot had been vacated when Jim Leonhard was placed on injured reserve with a fractured tibia. Coles was able to rejoin the team in time for their Monday night game against the New England Patriots for Week 13 of the NFL's 2010 season.
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- Coles: I am a survivor of sexual abuse
- NY Jets to Part Ways With Coles ESPN.com, February 25, 2009
- Coles has Skins bengals.com, March 4, 2009
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- Hutchinson, Dave (August 29, 2010). "Ex-Jets WR Laveranues Coles contemplating retirement". The Star Ledger. http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2010/08/coles_comtemplating_retirment.html. Retrieved September 21, 2010.
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