Shon Coleman has worked hard to become a starter in Auburn's offensvie line
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Shon Coleman, who is a cancer survivor and now a starter in Auburn's offensive line, was named a nominee Wednesday for the Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
The Courage Award nomination is awarded to a player who displays courage on or off the field, or overcomes an injury or physical handicap.
Coleman was diagnosed with leukemia after signing with Auburn in 2010. He underwent treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis before enrolling in 2011 as Auburn fulfilled the promise he'd always have a scholarship waiting for him. He completed his return when he played last season.
Coleman's story has been one of hope. He was invited to the NFL Draft in May to introduce a first-round draft pick, and did so for the St. Louis Rams. The NFL told his story in video form for all to see.
"I'm glad he has the opportunity to inspire others and let them know they can get through the situation. I get calls or messages on Facebook all the time," said his mother, DeKeisha Turnstall, that night.
Coleman said he hoped to return to the draft to hear his name called next spring. "It's my ultimate goal to be a part of the draft, and it's just something I'm working for," he said.
Coleman made his college debut last season and has started all six games for the Tigers this season. Coleman graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in public administration. He's working toward a master's in adult education.
The winner is scheduled to receive his trophy at an on-field presentation at the Orange Bowl.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine