PRO: The Dallas Cowboys added a veteran defensive end with first-hand knowledge of Rob Ryan’s defense and a familiarity with the Cowboys organization when they signed Kenyon Coleman on July 30, 2011. In his return to Dallas, Coleman started 15-of-16 games and was 10th on the team with 44 tackles. Prior to his return to the Cowboys, Coleman spent two seasons as one of the Cleveland Browns starting defensive ends under Ryan’s tutelage. He spent four of the first five years of his career with Dallas after playing his rookie season with Oakland. He is a consistent performer along the line with 134 games under his belt since being taken in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Raiders.
7/30/11: Signed with Dallas as an unrestricted free agent.
4/25/09: Traded to Cleveland.
3/6/07: Signed with the N.Y. Jets as an unrestricted free agent.
8/31/03: Traded to Dallas.
4/21/02: Drafted in the fifth round (147th overall) of the NFL Draft by Oakland.
• Finished 10th on the defense with 44 tackles while adding a sack, five tackles for losses - fifth on the team - four pressures and a pair of pass breakups.
• Had a tackle and a tackle for a loss in the season opener at the N.Y. Jets (9/11) before adding two tackles and a pressure in the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18).
• In the home-opening win over Washington (9/26), had five tackles and a tackle for a loss.
• Tallied four tackles in the game at Philadelphia (10/30).
• Notched four tackles, one for a loss and his first sack of the season in the Thanksgiving Day win over Miami (11/24).
• Had four more tackles in the overtime loss at Arizona (12/4) then tied for second on the team with five tackles and a tackle for a loss against Philadelphia (12/24).
• Started 14 of the 16 games he played and tallied 68 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries.
• His three fumble recoveries tied for tops in the AFC and tied for third in the league.
• Had three tackles, one sack and a career-best two fumble recoveries against Cincinnati (10/3).
• Added his third the next week against Atlanta (10/10).
• Posted eight tackles against the N.Y. Jets (11/14) before picking up his second sack at Jacksonville (11/21).
• Tallied a season-best nine tackles at Cincinnati (12/19) before assisting on a sack in the finale against Pittsburgh (1/2/11).
• Came to Cleveland as part of a trade and started 13 games at left end to notch 38 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pair of deflections.
• Had a season-best six tackles at Denver (9/20).
• Posted his full sack at Buffalo (10/11) and his half sack at Chicago (11/1).
2008 (N.Y. Jets):
• Played in 16 games with 15 starts as part of a defense that ranked fourth in the AFC and seventh in the NFL, yielding 94.9 rushing yards-per-game.
• Finished the season with 64 tackles, a half sack and two pass breakups.
• Posted three five-tackle games and three seven-tackle games.
• Shared a sack at Buffalo (11/2).
2007 (N.Y. Jets):
• After signing with the N.Y. Jets as an unrestricted free agent, started 14 of the 16 games he played and led all linemen with a career-best 90 tackles.
• Opened the season against New England (9/9) with a career-high 12 tackles.
• Had back-to-back six-tackle games against Miami (9/23) and at Buffalo (9/30).
• Notched his first sack against Philadelphia (10/14) then shared a sack to go with six tackles against Pittsburgh (11/18).
• Tallied seven tackles at Dallas (11/22) then nine at Tennessee (12/23).
• Played in all 16 games and notched four sacks to go with 31 tackles, a tackle for a loss, one pressure, four breakups and a forced fumble.
• He had three tackles and a sack against Washington (9/17) before adding four and another sack against the N.Y. Giants (10/23).
• Posted three more tackles at Washington (11/5).
• Notched a season-best five tackles along with a sack at Atlanta (12/16).
• Finished the season with a sack against Detroit (12/31).
• Started five of the 12 games he played and totaled 17 tackles, a half sack, a tackle for a loss and a quarterback pressure.
• Earned his first career start at San Diego (9/11) and tallied two stops.
• Had three tackles, a pressure and a tackle for a loss against Washington (9/19) before tacking on three more stops at San Francisco (9/25).
• Had a then career-high four tackles at Oakland (10/2) to go along with a half sack.
• As part of the defensive line rotation, notched 10 tackles, two pressures and a sack.
• Had season-bests with two tackles against Cleveland (9/19) and against the N.Y. Giants (10/10).
• Added a sack at Baltimore (11/21).
• Arrived in Dallas in exchange for a conditional draft pick on Aug. 31.
• Played in all 16 games and finished with 15 tackles, three pressures, a sack, a tackle for a lost, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup as a reserve on the defensive line.
• Made his first career tackle in the game at the N.Y. Jets (9/28).
• Recorded a safety in the third quarter of the win against Arizona (10/25) with a sack in the end zone - his first career sack.
• Made his NFL debut and only appearance of the Raiders Super Bowl season in a 49-31 win at Buffalo (10/6).
• Was inactive the other 15 regular season games and all three postseason contests.
• The four-year letterman at UCLA started the final three seasons of his collegiate career and posted 138 tackles, 16.5 sacks and 34 tackles for losses.
• His 34 tackles for losses were good for ninth in school history.
• Earned a medical redshirt as a true senior and was an All-Pac 10 selection, posting 44 stops, 15 for losses and a team-high 8.5 sacks in his final campaign.
• Was one-of-four players to start every game as a junior and earned All-Pac 10 honors after tallying 50 tackles, nine for losses and 3.5 sacks.
• Coleman started eight-of-10 games as a sophomore and led all defensive linemen with 23 tackles along with 4.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
• Played in all 12 games as a true freshman and posted 15 tackles, three fumble recoveries and a pair of breakups.
• Lettered three years along the offensive and defensive lines at Alta Loma, Calif., High School and was named PrepStar All-America as the fourth ranked offensive lineman in the west.
• Was a key member of a team that finished 13-1 and ranked third in Division II as a senior.
• Also played three years for Alta Loma’s basketball team.
• He and his wife, Katie, have a daughter, Kailah, and two sons, Kaleb and Kason.
• Travelled to Burundi and Uganda in 2008 as part of a 13-day mission with Tribal Praise Ministries in an effort to raise money for Burundi schools and a Ugandan hospital.
• Participated in the Newark Star-Ledger Junior Reporter program which motivates participation in classes with dozens of hands-on activities.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
• Annual Holiday Hospital Visits.
• Kick Off Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.