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Lovell Coleman was an award winning running back in the Canadian Football League. He was born in Hamtramck, Michigan.

Coleman played his college football with the Western Michigan University Broncos from 1957 to 1959. He rushed for 1918 yards, including 1068 in the 1958 season. His 279 yard game versus Central Michigan University in 1958 is still a school record.

Drafted in 1960 by the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League in the 17th round (199th pick) Coleman opted to play in the CFL.

The Calgary Stampeders would be his home team for 8 seasons, from 1960 to 1967. Coleman would rush for a 6234 yards over this time, second only to Stampeder great Earl Lunsford. The highlight of his time in Calgary was the 1964 season, when he rushed 260 times for a league leading 1629 yards (6.3 average per carry.) This won him the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award. His 1965 season was nearly as good, rushing 249 times for 1509 yards (6.1 average) but the only other time he led the league was in 1963, with 1343 yards. He was an All Canadian all star each of these years.

He holds the Stamps record for most rushing yards in one game, with 238 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on September 15, 1964. He also rushed for 224 yards against the Edmonton Eskimos on August 18, 1965.

Coleman would move on in 1968 to the powerhouse Ottawa Rough Riders, where he would win his first and only Grey Cup. He finished his career in 1970 playing 16 games for the British Columbia Lions.

In total, Coleman would play 123 regular season and 26 playoff games in 10 seasons, rushing 1135 times for 6566 yards (5.8 yard average) and 42 touchdowns, with his longest run being 85 yards.

He was added to the Calgary Stampeders Wall of Fame as #22 in 1999.

After his playing career, Coleman settled in Vancouver and ran a home renovation business for 20 years. Presently he and his wife Maureen have retired to a farm in rural British Columbia.

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Russ Jackson
CFL's Most Outstanding Player
1964
Succeeded by
George Reed
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