Born: March 29, 1956 (St. Louis, MO)
Graduated: Chase High School, 1974; Kansas State University, 1981
Raised in the small Chase, Kansas, the foundation of Paul Coffman's character was laid at an early age. In the summer while in high school, if Coffman wasn't on the tractor helping on the family farm, you could find him in the oil patch working to help his family any way he could. Those life lessons of hard work and doing whatever it took to succeed, both on and off the field, became a trademark of a three-time NFL Pro Bowler Paul Coffman.
As a walk-on at Kansas State University in 1974, Coffman arrived during one of the darkest times in K-State football history. Despite the team's 6-27 record during Coffman's years in Manhattan, he continued to work hard every day on his way to earning three letters and leading the team in scoring as a tight end in 1977. Coffman was an All-Big 8 Academic team in 1977 as well.
Following his senior season, Coffman was signed as a undrafted freeagent by the Green Bay Packers. Entering his first training camp, Coffman was listed last on the depth chart but made the team and by the following season, Coffman earned a starting role under head coach Bart Starr.
Teaming up with 1997 KSHOF Inductee Lynn Dickey at quarterback, all Coffman's hard work began to pay off. In 1979, Coffman tied for the team lead in touchdowns scored and led the team in both receptions and receiving yards. He also started a fifty game streak of at least on reception in a game that same year.
The best was yet to come however. In 1982, Coffman was selected to his first NFL Pro Bowl. He followed that performance up with arguably his best statistical season by posting a career high 814 receiving yards and eleven touchdown receptions on his way to his second Pro Bowl. He was selected for the Pro Bowl again in 1984.
Coffman played eleven NFL seasons with the Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Minnesota Vikings, compiling 4,340 receiving yards on 339 receptions with 42 touchdowns.
Coffman has earned Hall of Fame recognition from numerous organizations, including being named to the Kansas High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 1985, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Kansas Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame in 2008.