Marco Coleman rewrote the record books at Georgia Tech, finishing as the school’s all-time leader with 28 sacks in just three seasons. Coleman entered the 1992 NFL Draft following his junior year and didn’t have to wait long before the Miami Dolphins selected him 12th overall. Coleman would go on to play four of his 14 NFL seasons in Miami, establishing himself as a dominating force on the Dolphins defensive front and a team leader on and off the field. Currently, Coleman is the Defensive Ends/Outside Linebackers Coach at his alma mater.
In the tank, Marco reflects upon the meaningfulness of being drafted by Don Shula and coached by “Mean Joe” Greene (10:11), discusses the difference in how athletes and coaches were involved in social issues during his playing days to what that looks like today, even with the student athletes he coaches (14:50) and explains the pros and cons that came with the heavy veteran presence on the 1992 Miami Dolphins (25:01). He also recalls a run-in with the Ku Klux Klan when Bryan Cox and other members of the team joined him at a charity basketball game (30:44), reveals how someone’s missed call-time opened up a role for him in Ace Ventura (33:52), shares his thought process in leaving the Dolphins following the 1995 season (42:07), and candidly expresses his views on the challenges current Name Image Likeness policies have presented in college sports (49:41).
Contributors to this episode include Sean Todd aka DJ Prēc and Miami Dolphins Productions.
Theme song created and performed by The Honorable SoLo D.