Derrick does not utilize sign language, but he is able to read lips. Which was great news for his Fullerton, California, high school football coach, who once had Derrick read the lips of the rival coach across the field. When the two coaches wanted to get into each other's heads during a game, they would have Derrick do so with his hands while shouting out plays.
After graduating from Fullerton City College in 1997, Derrick played running back for the University of Colorado Boulder. He spent three seasons with the Buffaloes and earned All-American honors in 2000. Following college, he entered the NFL as a draft pick of the New York Jets at number 32 overall. He played there for three years, earning All-Pro honors in 2003. After leaving the NFL, Derrick returned home to play for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the AFL. There he ended his career after one season when he announced that he was retiring from football.
Now retired from playing, Derrick has become an ambassador for signing education. He has traveled around the country teaching people how to sign football techniques and has even written a book about his experiences called Signing Time: How I Learned to Love the Game and Myself in Turn.
He has also appeared in several television shows including ABC's 20/20 where he talked about his life after football and ESPN's SportsCenter where he signed sports articles.
Derrick Lamont Coleman (born October 18, 1990) is a free agent in the National Football League. In 2012, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he played collegiate football (UCLA). Coleman is the NFL's first legally deaf offensive player. He began playing football when he was in the seventh grade and eventually earned a spot on UCLA's football team.
Coleman has also been a key member of the deaf community through his work with the Deaf American Football Association. He is currently a free agent after ending his career at UCLA.
Derrick Coleman's father, Derrick Sr., played running back for Purdue University from 1983 to 1986. His mother, Pam, played basketball for Tennessee State University before becoming a physical education teacher. She met Derrick Coleman Jr. when they both worked at a summer camp in South Carolina. They married in 1989 and had one son together (Derrick III), who also became interested in football. When it came time for college, Derrick III chose to follow in his father's footsteps and go to UCLA. The family's hearing loss comes from Pam's side of the family; her great-grandfather served in the Army hearing aid program during World War II.
Derrick Coleman Jr. started playing organized football when he was five years old. He quickly caught on to the game and decided he wanted to become a professional athlete when he grew up.
Derrick Lamont Coleman (born October 18, 1990) is a former fullback in the National Football League.
He has been praised for his work ethic and determination to succeed despite his hearing loss. Coleman was born with auditory neuropathy, which causes permanent hearing loss. He wears hearing aids and communicates through speech recognition software.
After failing the NFL draft medical exam due to shoulder surgery, he decided to continue playing football. The Minnesota Vikings gave him a chance as a backup behind Adrian Peterson and he made the team after training camp. He played in three games last season before being placed on injured reserve.
Coleman attended DeSoto High School in Desoto, Mississippi. There he played football, ran track and batted.400 his senior year in basketball. He went on to play college football at Auburn University where he started 11 of 12 games in 2011 before suffering a torn meniscus in his knee that required surgery. He finished his collegiate career with 71 carries for 397 yards and five touchdowns along with 24 catches for 304 yards and two more scores.
After graduating from Auburn with a bachelor's degree in social science management, he entered the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Super Bowl champion who is deaf and broke the sound barrier while flying a plane over California? Yes, it was Derrick Coleman of the New England Patriots.
Coleman was born with congenital deafness. He learned to communicate through sign language. That's how he was able to play football professionally for several years.
In 1995, the Patriots hired him as their inside linebacker coach. One year later, they made him their full-time signal caller. He was the first deaf player in NFL history.
During his career, he played in 46 games and recorded 237 tackles, six sacks, and two interceptions. He also returned three kicks for touchdowns.
After retiring in 2001, he went on to work with at-risk youth in New England as a special assistant with the Department of Children and Families. In 2009, he was given the National Football Foundation's President's Award for his contributions to football in America.
He died in 2013 at the age of 42 after suffering from brain cancer.
Derrick Coleman won a Super Bowl ring.
Derrick Kosinski's Derrick is a divorced father of one boy who lives in West Virginia. He co-hosts the podcast "Challenge Mania."
He started out as our challenge champ when he was hired by Challenge Corp. to become the first challenger for the title. After defeating Cory in the final match at the end of Season 17, he has not been seen or heard from since. It is assumed that he lost his battle with extinction but maybe he survived in secret where no one will ever find him.
In reality, Kosinski was born on December 4th, 1975 in Westchester County, New York and he currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.
He became famous after appearing on The Challenge reality television series. Before becoming involved in challenges, he worked as a research scientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego. His interest in challenging people with physical obstacles led to develop a career in fitness coaching and management.
In addition to working at the Salk, he has also done scientific research studying how blood vessels respond to different types of exercise. This information is useful for doctors who treat patients with cardiovascular diseases.
After finishing second place in Season 17 of The Challenge, Kosinski disappeared without a trace.