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Coleman named to all-time MEAC football team

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Coleman / November 23, 2020

Former Comet Alonzo Coleman, who went on to play college football at Hampton University, has been named to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference all-time football team in honor of the conference’s 50th anniversary.

Coleman, who was a star running back while at Halifax County High School, played for two years in the National Football League after his college career ended. Coleman played for Pittsburgh on special teams in December 2008.

To be considered on the ballot for the all-time team, players must have been named to one of the following: First Team All-MEAC, MEAC Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Offensive Lineman of the Year or be a MEAC, Black College Football or College Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Coleman was a four-time First Team All-MEAC selection from 2003-06. He won Rookie of the Year honors in 2003 and Offensive Player of the Year accolades in 2005.

Coleman is tops in career touchdowns in the MEAC (86), second in career carries (856) and third in career yards gained (4,648). He holds the Hampton University record for single-game touchdowns (five at Gardner-Webb).

Coleman was inducted into the Halifax County-South Boston Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

Coleman, now 36, completed his prep career at HCHS with the all-time mark with more than 3,500 yards. He also had more than 700 receiving yards and 600 return yards.

Coleman set the Halifax County High School single-season rushing record with over 1,500 yards and also set the school’s single-game rushing record with 315 yards. He received first-team all-district, all-region and Western Valley District co-player of the year honors.

In track, he was a regional qualifier in the 100 metres, 4 × 100 metres relay and 300 metres competitions.

Coleman also etched his name in the record books at Hampton. Despite battling a hip pointer injury, he recorded 158 carries for 1,052 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was the sixth player in Division 1-AA history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons.

Coleman struggled with injuries in his brief professional career.

Dallas signed Coleman as an undrafted free agent after the 2007 NFL draft. Coleman began training camp on the physically unable to perform list with an ankle injury. He was later signed to the Cowboys’ practice quad.

Coleman was cut again in August 2008 but landed on the Cowboys practice squad.

He made his NFL debut, after injuries hampered the Cowboys. Coleman played on special teams against Pittsburgh. Coleman was later declared inactive in the last three games of the season.

A 2009 knee injury limited his playing time during camp and he was waived.

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