Karissa Lam / Desgin editor
Former Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman has spent the past year playing professional football with the Philadelphia Eagles, but, because of the NFL lockout, next season is in jeopardy.
If the lockout extends for a long period of time, Coleman said he wouldn’t be afraid to pursue another sports-related career.
“If I couldn’t play football right now, I might be on TV,” Coleman said. “I think I could be on TV just talking. I would talk sports. I’d be one of those guys that would stir up a lot of stuff.”
Coleman wouldn’t be the first former Buckeye to give television a try. Kirk Herbstreit, Clark Kellogg, Robert Smith and Chris Spielman became television personalities or commentators.
But Coleman doesn’t think it will come to that.
“I would say I’m 90 percent sure we’ll play a full season,” he said. “I don’t think anyone is truly worried because it’s eventually going to get done whether it be next week or next year. I think a lot of guys have prepared for this.”
Preparation was key, Coleman said. Most players, especially the veterans, he said, saw the lockout coming and starting saving their money well in advance.
When Coleman was drafted in 2010, he said, the NFL Rookie Symposium, which serves as an orientation for players drafted in NFL, warned him of the lockout right away.
His rookie season did nothing to make him think otherwise.
“Throughout the season you could just feel that the momentum was just going to come to where it is now and there’s nothing going on,” Coleman said. “I’ve prepared for it financially and other ways.”
Coleman said he wants the lockout to end.
“The important issues are the 18-game season, our heath issues and our health insurance,” Coleman said. “The money issues are always going to be there, but hopefully it gets worked out.”
Until everything is resolved, Coleman will have no trouble keeping busy.
He’s spent much of his time training with some of his current and former teammates, and has been able to dedicate a little bit more time to helping others through charity work.
Coleman helped with the Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon benefit for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and has helped raise awareness for breast cancer while spending time in Dayton, Ohio.
But Coleman is eager to get back onto the field.
“I love what I do,” he said. “I wake up every morning, and I thank God for my job. I’m blessed to be able to do what I do, and hopefully, I’ll be able to do it for a long time.”
On April 25, the 45-day lockout came to an end when a federal judge granted an injunction and ruled in the players’ favor. Four days later, on April 29, the NFL announced the lockout was reinstated after the third round of the league’s annual draft.