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The crowd died down for Monte Coleman to take the microphone, but he couldn’t just yet. He had to pause for just a moment and hold back some tears.Monte Coleman Redskins Halftime 2015Joe Gibbs presents plaque to Coleman during halftime on 12/20/15

“Thank you very, very much. I’m deeply moved, I’m deeply humbled, a little lost for words,” Coleman eventually said before the FedExField faithful at halftime.

Coleman, flanked by his Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs and family members, stood at midfield raising his arms to the crowd, the culmination of 16 years of service to the Redskins, now remembered forever as a member of the Redskins Ring of Fame.

To make it official, his plaque, sitting next to Joe Jacoby, was unveiled, just a few spots down from Jeff Bostic, who was inducted earlier in the year.

“I just wanted to thank Dan Snyder, the Redskins organization,” Coleman said. “I want to thank my family, my wife, Yvette, my children, all of the support that they’ve given me through the years.”

Then he listed his teammates, the ones from 1979-1994, before turning his attention to those cheering in their seats.

“Most of all, I want to thank the fans,” Coleman said. “The greatest fans in the National Football League, I want to take my hat off to you. Thank you for sixteen years of fun, because you guys are fun, because you guys are fun to play  in front of. Thank you very much for this prestigious honor.”

Before Coleman spoke, Gibbs gave his former linebacker an introduction that was followed by a video board montage.

“Monte, better known as Superman,” Gibbs said. “The only person to play longer than Monte, here in this stadium, is Darrell Green. Monte played 16 years for the greatest football fans in the world. Right here.”

Coleman appeared 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 fourth in team history. He also unofficially registered 10.5 “sacks” in his first three seasons.

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