YNS Live with NFL Thread PIVOT feat. Kurt Coleman

Jul 14, 2022

Listen to a new episode of PIVOT, a show brought to you by YNS Live with NFL Thread recorded live on Fireside with hosts Juliet Hahn and Cynthia Zordich featuring special guests Kurt Coleman.


Kurt Coleman is a 10-year NFL veteran. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He continued his career in Kansas City, Carolina, New Orleans, and Buffalo Bills. In 2011, Kurt intercepted quarterback Rex Grossman three times in the Eagles' 20-13 win at the Washington Redskins. He was the first Eagles player since 1966 to have 3 interceptions in one game.  


The 2015 season was a special season for Kurt and the Carolina Panthers.  Kurt recorded a career-high 9 interceptions and helped the Panthers solidify their spot in Super Bowl 50.  


He played collegiate football at The Ohio State University, where he earned first-team All-American honors, All-Big Ten Honors, and earned Team Captain honors in 2009. In 2007, Kurt co-founded the Ohio States chapter of Uplifting Athletes, a charity dedicated to raising awareness for rare diseases. 


Throughout college and his NFL career, Kurt has always been called to help those around him and give back to the community. He has worked with various charities, such as Muggsy Bogues Family Foundation, ACS, CMTA, Carolina Breast Friends, and many more.  In 2006, breast cancer hit close to the Coleman family.  His father Ron was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy and a mastectomy. Kurt and his family saw the damage and strain that cancer can wreak on a family.  Ron and Kurt went on to fund Coleman4aCure, their family charity that focuses on helping families battling cancer. Coleman4acure focuses on spreading awareness of male breast cancer. They have impacted families in Ohio, Philadelphia, and North Carolina. 


Kurt and his wife Laura along with their four kids are especially passionate about making a difference in the Charlotte community. They are partnering with the American Cancer Society - Making Strides and The Pink House. 


In 2018, the Colemans officially made Charlotte home and they look forward to serving the Charlotte community for years to come. Kurt likes to live his life similar to his father’s slogan during his battle with cancer  “don’t have a bad day, just bad moments”. 


Presently, Kurt is working as the Stewardship and Scholarship Administrator at Charlotte Latin creating programs for underprivileged families and serving as the Carolina Panthers Color Commentator. 

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Remarkable Quotes from Kurt

“I admire my dad for his willingness to talk about his cancer. It takes a lot of courage and strength to actually be vulnerable, to talk about some of our real issues. I mean, there's a reason why the suicide rates of men are seventy-five percent more likely to commit. 


“I believe we internalize issues as men because we have ‘masculinity.’ Well, what is that?”


“I learned to mix vulnerability with strength from my father, and I continue to lean on him and his mantra, which is, ‘Have a bad day tomorrow.’” 


“Through all the chemo treatments he had to go through - it was, ‘Have a bad day tomorrow. Have a bad moment. Don't have a bad day.’”


“Take these gems throughout life that people are giving you and hold on to them because you’re going to go through things in life and these lessons are invaluable.”


“I realize that I have a lot of life to live, and I'm going to go through things. And when I do go through things, I'm gonna lean on the experiences of others - that I love - to help me get through.”



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