Kurt Coleman is an NFL player who plays as a safety for the league’s New Orleans Saints. He previously played for the Philadelphia Eagles, who voted him 244th overall in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He had also played for the Minnesota Vikings, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Carolina Panthers. Before that, he played college football at Ohio State University.
Kurt Coleman – Bio
Coleman was born in Dayton, Ohio on July 1, 1988, the son of Heidi Williams and Ron Coleman. His father served as vice principal at Walter E. Stebbins High School in Riverside, Ohio, before taking a position as a health teacher at Mad River Middle School.
He attended Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio, from which he graduated in 2006. Kurt played soccer in high school and was Scout.com’s 14th best cornerback in 2006.
After high school, he played college soccer at Ohio State. At one of the spring training sessions, he took on the wide receiver Tyson Gentry, who was nearly paralyzed and needed hospital treatment. Kurt almost quit soccer because of this incident, but Tyson forgave him for everything later when he visited the hospital where he was treated.
Coleman ended his senior season in Ohio with sixty-eight tackles, 5 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles. He received the All-American First Team Honor from Sporting News and the All-Big-Ten First Team Honor.
Kurt Coleman NFL Career
He began his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected him for the 7th round (244th in total) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He became the eighteenth safety to be drafted in the league that year and the second safety of the Eagles that year.
In June of the same year he signed a 4-year contract with the franchise company worth $1.83 million, the contract included a signing bonus of $43,400. In training camp, Kurt Coleman fought for the position of Marlin Jackson as a starting free safety after he suffered a rupture of the Achilles tendon.
After the game against the New York Jets, in which Kurt scored 5 combined touchdowns, 2 fumbles recovery for touchdowns, coach Andy Reid chose him as replacement safety for the start of the regular season. His first appearance in the regular season came in the game against the Green Bay Packers, where he scored 2 solo tackles in the 27-20 defeat.
He ended his rookie season with thirty-six combined tackles (including thirty-one solo tackles), two passing shots, and one interception in fifteen games where he started two. His second season ended with seventy-eight combined tackles (including fifty-six solo tackles), five pass shots, and four interceptions in fifteen games in which he started thirteen.
In 2012 he played fourteen games and started all of them. His records this season were ninety-three combined tackles, 4 pass throws, and 1 forced fumble. Coleman remained with the Eagles until the end of 2014 when he became a free player and began making private visits to various teams including the New York Jets, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Minnesota Vikings.
In April 2014, he received a contract offer from the Minnesota Vikings and after considering his options, he signed a 1-year contract with the franchise company worth $900,000. His stay on the team was short-lived, however, as they released him in August of the same year as part of their final cuts to the player roster.
The following month he signed another contract, this time with the Kansas City Chiefs. The one-year contract was worth $730,000. He ended his 2014 season, which unfortunately was his only season with the Kansas City Chiefs, with a total of thirty-seven combined tackles (thirty-four solo tackles), six passing shots, three interceptions, and a forced fumble in fifteen games, three of which he started.
Upon expiration of his one-year contract with the Chiefs, he became an unrestricted free agent, and in March 2016 Kurt Coleman signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers for $2.80 million with $600,000 as a money guarantee. The Panthers head coach, Ron Rivera, would later announce him as the first free security player at the start of the regular season.
He ended his first season with a Panther’s appearance in fifteen games, all of which he started with ninety combined tackles, including fifty-five solos, nine pass shots, one touchdown, one sack, and seven interceptions that were the high point of his career. That same season, Pro Football Focus named him the seventh-highest overall score of all safes.
In 2016 he signed a three-year contract extension with the Panthers. The contract was worth $17 million and included a $7 million money guarantee. The pro-football focus placed him in 41st place out of 90 NFL securities that qualified in 2016 after achieving an overall score of 79.2. With an overall score of 47.0, the 2017 Pro Football Focus placed 76th out of all qualified securities. He also finished this season, after starting twelve games, with a score of seventy-six (76).
The Panthers released him in February 2018, and in March he signed a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. The contract was worth $16.35 million and included $6.20 million in guarantee money and a signing bonus of $4.50 million.
Who Is Kurt Coleman’s Wife?
NFL Safety is happily married to Laura Coleman. The couple met in college after spending a few years together. Coleman asked the question in 2013 and the following year the couple tied the knots. They are parents of two adorable girls.
Height, Weight, And Body Stats
Kurt stands at a height of 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in), weighs 98 kg, which is 215 lbs. His other body measurements are not known.