Only seventy-two more days until Auburn football!
Today, we commemorate Shon Coleman, a notable wearer of jersey number seventy-two during his time at Auburn between 2011 and 2015.
Coleman not only had to overcome the obstacles of football, however. In Spring 2010, a few months after signing with Auburn, Shon was diagnosed with leukemia, and underwent treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
After Coleman was cleared for limited practice in 2012, he did not see any game time due to being redshirted. Luckily, the NCAA granted him an extra year of eligibility, leaving him four years left to play.
In 2013, Coleman played in seven games, earning his first varsity letter after three years away from the sport battling leukemia. In the 2014 season, he played in all thirteen games at left tackle, while also earning SEC Academic Honor Roll. By his senior year, he was a second-year starter, and was invited to the Senior Bowl.
The Cleveland Browns selected Coleman in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. On June 6th, he signed a four-year contract with the Browns. Coleman began the regular season as the backup right tackle to Austin Pasztor.
War Eagle Shon!