The Green Bay Packers added another member to their staff during the 2023 offseason. The Packers held their first offseason workout on Monday and are preparing for the draft next week. The team has now addressed a role that will help players who the Packers draft next week.
According to Adam Schefter with ESPN, Derrick Coleman has been hired as the Packers’ assistant to player engagement. Coleman, fullback, was the first legally deaf person to play an offensive position in the NFL.
Green Bay Packers hired Derrick Coleman — who lost his hearing at age 3, began playing football in middle school and became the NFL’s first legally deaf offensive player for the Seahawks in 2013 — as an assistant to player engagement.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 18, 2023
Derrick Coleman’s Road to the Green Bay Packers
Coleman was initially signed by the Vikings in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He spent time playing with the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, and Arizona Cardinals. Coleman was a part of the Seahawks team that won Super Bowl XLVIII.
According to a statement by the Packers, Coleman was a major force in the Seahawks’ running game.
“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 will now help Packers players who want to build their brand and manage finances. NFL player engagement also helps ensure players are being cared for mentally and physically.
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