The Green Bay Packers hired Derrick Coleman as an assistant to player engagement. The announcement was made Tuesday by Executive Vice President/Director of Football Operations Russ Ball.
Coleman originally signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA, but was released after training camp. Later that season, he was signed to the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad and went on to play for the Seahawks from 2013-15. Coleman finished his playing career with the Atlanta Falcons (2017) and Arizona Cardinals (2018). He played in 63 games with 18 starts in five seasons, recording 14 rushing attempts for 46 yards (3.3 avg.) and 15 receptions for 128 yards (8.5 avg.) and two touchdowns. Coleman served as a lead blocker for three 2,000-yard rushing teams and two individual 1,000-yard rushing seasons (RB Marshawn Lynch in 2013-14). He helped the Seahawks rank No. 1 in the NFL in rushing (150.4 ypg) from 2013-15. Coleman, who lost his hearing at age 3, began playing football in middle school and became the NFL's first legally deaf offensive player.