Erik Coleman is a former NFL standout, active philanthropist and sought-after sports analyst who uses his on-field experience, extensive knowledge of sports and robust personality to bring new and exciting insight to fans young and old. After a stellar collegiate career as the captain of the Washington State football team, Coleman was drafted in the fifth round by the New York Jets in 2004.
Coleman played nine consecutive seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions. Recognized for his unwavering work ethic and passion for the game, Coleman became the first New York Jets player ever to earn the NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Month Award since the honor’s inception in 1996 and finished his rookie season as the NFL’s highest grossing member of its performance-pay program, the league’s plan for rewarding low-salary players who outperform their contracts.
During his NFL tenure, Coleman’s highlights include 653 combined career tackles and assists, 11 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 37 passes defended and he also served as the player-elected NFL Players Association Team Representative five out of his nine years in the league. Since his retirement in 2013, Coleman has become a TV analyst for SNY’s "Jets Post Game Live!", "Jets Extra Point", "Jets Nation" and SNY's Jets Draft show. He also frequently appears as a sports commentator on numerous sports shows and network programs such as Hannity on Fox, Closing Bell with Liz Claman on Fox Business, ABC, PIX 11, CBS, ESPN Radio and WFAN, to name a few.
In addition to his on-camera career, Coleman hit the airwaves as an analyst for the Stony Brook University football radio broadcast team in 2015 and most recently, Sirius XM. Coleman is currently pursuing his passion for health and wellness as a Practice Manager at CORE Medical New York, an anti-aging and hormone treatment medical center. Coleman is an active philanthropist who supports a number of causes close to his heart which includes, sickle cell anemia, pediatric cancer and traumatic brain injury and is a mentor for My Brother’s Keeper Mentorship Program. Moreover, Coleman is the proud recipient of Manhattan Youth Baseball Excellence in Sports & Philanthropy Award, NY Sports Legend Humanitarian Award, World of Children Award and is a Celebrity Ambassador for The Thrive Network. When Coleman is not working or giving back to the community, he enjoys spending time with his wife Sabrina and their three beautiful children.
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