Ashburn VA. – At the 54th Annual Welcome Home Luncheon, the Washington Redskins announced that the team has selected center Jeff Bostic and linebacker Monte Coleman for induction into the organization's Ring of Fame.
Monte Coleman, currently head football coach at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, was selected by the Redskins in the 11th round (289th overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft. Coleman's NFL career spanned 16 seasons from 1979-94, all with Washington. His 215 regular season games played are second-most in Redskins history, trailing only Darrell Green.
Coleman was a model of consistency for the Redskins, appearing in at least 10 games in every year of his career with exception of the labor-shortened 1982 season. He also appeared in 21 career postseason games, including Super Bowl appearances following the 1982, 1983, 1987 and 1991 seasons.
For his career, Coleman registered 1,002 total regular season tackles (650 solo), 43.5 sacks, 17 interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), 14 fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles, all according to STATS, LLC. Despite sacks not becoming an official NFL statistic until his fourth NFL season in 1982, Coleman's 43.5 career sacks rank third in team history. He also unofficially registered 10.5 "sacks" in his first three seasons.
Coleman is a native of Pine Bluff, Ark., and earned All-NAIA honors at Central Arkansas after compiling a school-record 22 career interceptions. During his time in Washington, he served as an honorary chairman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Virginia.
Coach Coleman, who's heading into his eight year as the head football coach for UAPB, led the Golden Lions to win their first SWAC Conference title in 2012.
Both Bostic and Coleman were named by a blue ribbon panel as members of the 70 Greatest Redskins in 2002, later expanded to the 80 Greatest Redskins in 2012. They become the most recent inductees into the Redskins Ring of Fame since quarterback Mark Rypien's induction last season.