A Los Angeles native, Coleman lost most of his hearing by the time he was 3 years old. He began playing football in middle school, and he's never allowed his disability to prevent him from showcasing his superior athletic ability on the football field.
So, how exactly does the first deaf offensive player in the nearly 100-year history of the NFL manage to not just keep up, but thrive on the field?
He has mastered lip reading and he uses the benefit of hand signals from his teammates, primarily the quarterbacks, when necessary. Coleman also wears very strong hearing aids in both ears.
Matt Ryan, the 2016 NFL Most Valuable Player, has raved about Coleman, not just because of what he's overcome, but also because of his ability and the versatility he's displayed in the fullback position.
New Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian commended Coleman for reaching his professional dreams, despite his lack of hearing. Sarkisian also noted that proper communication is key, from him to Ryan to Coleman, to ensure that they put their new fullback in the best position to succeed.
When I asked Coleman if he realizes just how much he inspires others who could very well be looking at him as an example of how one overcomes such a barrier, he noted that he's gone to classrooms since he was in high school, urging students with disabilities not to allow them anything to hold them back.