Cleveland Browns rookie Shon Coleman's battle with Leukemia

Posted at 7:59 AM, Aug 22, 2016

Many Browns players are fighting for a roster spot, but rookie Shon Coleman has battled for something much more important than a job. He's fought for his life.  

Shon Coleman

Coleman was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010, during his senior year of high school. 

"It was shocking," he said. "It was a major setback I had to get through, so the big thing was keeping faith and getting through the whole thing."

His dream of playing professional football served as a weapon to beat his opponent. He continued to workout throughout his rigorous treatments.  Nearly four years of being out of the game, he returned to the field in September of 2013. By 2015, Coleman was voted second team All-SEC. 

"It was a very fulfilling moment," Coleman recalled. "It was exciting to just be back out there with my teammates and things like that again."

In 2016 the Browns drafted him in the third round. Coleman received the news at a watch party at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, where he was treated. For him, it was a way to give back to the people who helped him. 

Now, as he takes the field in orange and brown threads, he hopes his presence on the field is proof that no enemy can stop a fighter from victory.

"You can accomplish anything no matter what obstacles are in your way," he explained. "You got to keep working hard, keep faith and always stay true to what you do."