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Ben Coates

No. 81, 87

Tight End

Personal information

Date of birth:
(1969-08-16) August 16, 1969 (age 47)

Place of birth:
Greenwood, South Carolina

Career information


NFL Draft:
1991 / Round: 5 / Pick: 124

Career history

New England Patriots (1991–1999)
Baltimore Ravens (2000)

Career highlights and awards

5× Pro Bowl (1994–1998)
2× AP First-team All-Pro (1994, 1995)
AP Second-team All-Pro (1998)
Super Bowl champion (XXXV)
2× AFC champion (1996, 2000)
NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
New England Patriots All-1990s Team
New England Patriots 50th Anniversary Team
New England Patriots Hall of Fame

Career NFL statistics


Receiving Yards:


Player stats at

Ben Terrence Coates (born August 16, 1969) is a former American football tight end[1] in the National Football League and former CIAA football coach and former NFL tight ends coach. Coates didn’t play football until his senior year at Greenwood high school, and was a multi-sport player at Livingstone College located in Salisbury, North Carolina. As a gridiron player at Livingstone, he broke nearly all meaningful records at the school, but due to his split-sport performances, against weak competition, for a non-notable school, he received little notice outside of the CIAA. While a college student, he joined Phi Beta Sigma fraternity through the Upsilon Chapter at Livingstone College.


1 Professional career

1.1 NFL stats

2 References
3 External links

Professional career[edit]
Considered an out-of-nowhere prospect, Coates was picked in the fifth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.[2] His first two years with the Patriots were fairly uneventful; in his rookie year he had ten catches for 95 yards and a two-yard touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts that forced overtime in a 23-17 Patriots win. In his second season, he had twenty catches for 171 yards and three touchdowns.
His career changed with the 1993 arrival of quarterback Drew Bledsoe and legendary head coach Bill Parcells to the P