From sbnation.com | By Alexis Chassen
Excerpt: “In 2010, like thousands of other incoming freshmen, Shon Coleman (offensive lineman recruit) was eagerly awaiting his chance to begin his college career. The Mississippi native wouldn’t make it to Auburn’s campus that fall, however. Earlier that spring, he was diagnosed with acute lymphocyte leukemia. …After two-plus years of treatment, Coleman finally got a chance to suit up for the Tigers in 2012. Despite being medically cleared in the spring, he redshirted his first season to get back in football shape.
…Almost four years since he had played his last snap, Coleman took the field for the first time with the Auburn Tigers on Sept 9, 2013. In the fourth quarter, with Auburn up by several scores, Coleman entered the game at left tackle. Auburn went on to score a touchdown that drive, and the football community as a whole celebrated Coleman’s triumphant debut.
Coleman started 25 games over his last two seasons and was voted second team all-SEC selection in 2015. He still had one season of eligibility left when he declared for the draft, but at 24 years old and with two college degrees — he received his bachelor’s degree in May 2014 and his master’s degree in December of 2015 — Coleman decided it was time to head to the NFL.
Six years after his diagnosis, in 2016, the 6’6, 307-pound offensive tackle was drafted by the Cleveland Browns.”
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