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High profile: Cosey Coleman

By JACK SHEPPARD, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 23, 2003

THE MAN

In only his third year out of the University of Tennessee, where he started all 13 games during the 1998 national championship season, Coleman has become a solid member of the offensive line, starting 15 games this season (missing only the regular-season opener against New Orleans after a knee injury during warmups for the preseason opener against Miami).

WHAT PAIN?

Coleman put a scare into the Bucs during Sunday's NFC Championship Game, needing a golf cart to carry him to the locker room with a slightly sprained right knee during the first half (after receiving see-you-next-year congratulations from opposing players). But Coleman returned in the second half and helped anchor a line that didn't give up a sack on quarterback Brad Johnson against one of the best pass rushes in the NFL.

COMES ON STRONG

Coleman entered the season as one of only two offensive linemen returning at the same position from a year ago (with center Jeff Christy). But his preseason knee injury, Jon Gruden's new offense and the arrival of new line coach Bill Muir slowed his progress. By midseason, though, Coleman and tackle Kenyatta Walker had developed into a solid tandem that has protected Johnson well down the stretch.

PROUD OF POSITION

"No question we do get slighted (as an offensive line), but the bottom line is we're here," Coleman said Wednesday. "Regardless of what the numbers have said, we've found a way. What are we, 14-4 now? The teams like Miami with Ricky Williams gaining (big) yards and Kansas City with Priest Holmes, where are they at? Would they take 700 yards off their final tally, off their total, to be here in the Super Bowl? I think they would."


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Super Bowl XXXVII
  • John Romano: For Brad, the best days are still ahead
  • Gary Shelton: Lynch tough despite his neighborhood
  • Going on inspiration
  • Finally, absolution comes to a tearful Culverhouse heir
  • Some permanent reminders
  • Sideline: Who's going, who's staying
  • He just keeps going and going ...
  • Kickin' back: Depth beneath a quiet reserve
  • Plans still sketchy for official celebrations
  • Bucs' win may cut bulls loose
  • Nickelback geared up to shut down star-studded crew
  • Role players keep engine humming
  • High profile: Lincoln Kennedy
  • Finally, a reward for long-suffering fans
  • Practice met with excitement
  • What they're saying
  • High profile: Cosey Coleman
  • Goalpost Man ruled weirdest
  • Fan fulfills her promise with Bucs paint job
  • Nature lovers' paradise
  • Skirting peril en route to a dream
  • Brigham almost a Buc, but instead he's a Raider
  • Path to glory is long, rough for QB Gannon
  • Raiders outnumber Bucs 9-1 with Bowl rings
  • Sideline II: Bucs hope it's a sign of good things to come
  • Tickets are coveted corporate perk
  • Sports on the air: Area really enjoys its pro football
  • Letters: Super Bowl XXXVII: Keep focus on Gruden
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