An Auburn football player stands up to represent young cancer patients everywhere.
Shon Coleman will take the stage at this year’s NFL draft on behalf of St. Jude Hospital.
Of course, he’s not ready to be drafted himself yet; he’s got years of eligibility left.
Instead, he’ll announce one of the picks.
You could say Shon Coleman’s got it all right now.
Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn points out, “He just graduated Saturday, so he’s got a lot of positives going on in his life right now.”
But maybe the most impressive thing Shon Coleman’s got is his story. His coach runs through years of fighting at lightning speed, “One of the top tackles in the country coming out, got diagnosed with leukemia, fought it a couple years, been cancer free for a couple years now.”
That’s quite the off-field accomplishment, and this year Coleman gets a chance to turn it into an on-field triumph.
Teammate Greg Robinson will enter the draft, opening up a spot on the offensive line that Coleman could fill, but Robinson won’t head to New York for the draft alone.
Coleman will announce one of the picks on behalf of St. Jude, the hospital that helped him overcome leukemia to get back in uniform.
Malzahn adds, “For him to go up there and represent Auburn, get a chance to announce a pick in the first round, you know, that’s a special time.”
Who knows? Coleman could make it back. Malzahn sees the opportunity, “I think he’ll have a chance to go to the next level in his time too.”
He still has time to prove himself on the field, but it’s hard to doubt a warrior who already won a much tougher battle.