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Auburn OL gets sixth year of eligibility after leukemia battle

Shon Coleman

Finally, some better news to report: the NCAA has granted Auburn offensive lineman Shon Coleman a sixth year of eligibility.

Coleman, as was noted way back in 2010, was diagnosed with leukemia, but has survived the battle. He was cleared by doctors last spring and returned to the sidelines in 2012, although he redshirted during the season and did not play.

“This is great news for Shon, who has been through a lot medically during the last few years. He has been courageous in his fight and we look forward to him returning to the football field,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. “We’re also very appreciative of the NCAA staff for their understanding of his situation and granting him his sixth year.”

A five-star recruit out of Olive Branch, Miss., Coleman was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March of 2010. He underwent  treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Congratulations to Shon.

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5 Responses to “Auburn OL gets sixth year of eligibility after leukemia battle”
  1. kozbee says: Jan 19, 2013 12:03 PM

    diagnosed with leukemia has set this young man back in his career in football.After a fighting leukemia and winning the battle its time Shon can move on with his school and his love for football.All Auburn fans welcome him back and hope him the best in the future in what he loves.Goodluck Shon..

  2. bleedburgandyandgold says: Jan 19, 2013 1:09 PM

    I’m glad to hear it! Good luck in your football career I hope you accomplish all you set out to do!

  3. stk8282 says: Jan 19, 2013 3:25 PM

    Are we sure Shon Coleman exists or is he just a fake Twitter account?

  4. bigdinla says: Jan 19, 2013 7:20 PM

    Good for Shon. I am glad to see this kid given a chance to live his dream.

  5. kansacity88 says: Jan 20, 2013 2:40 PM

    Although I’m not an Auburn fan but I AM a fan of anyone who can beat a form of cancer…..awesome job Shon! You have yourself a great career!!

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