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Washington Redskins wide receiver Laveranues Coles is tackled in the 17-14 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 12, 2004 at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. (UPI Photo/Greg Whitesell)
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Laveranues Leon Coles (pronounced /ləˈvɜrniəs/) (born December 29, 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2003, Coles has also played for the Washington Redskins.

While attending Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida, Coles played football, basketball, and ran track. In football, he rushed for nearly 5,000 yards in his career, was named to the Blue Chip Dream Team, and was a first team Class 4A All-State selection. In basketball, he was a member of a state championship team as a senior. In track, he recorded a time of 10.6 seconds in the 100 meter dash and 21.8 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Due to a scandal at Florida State which resulted in Coles's dismissal from the team, he often refers to his high school when introducing himself on Monday Night Football.

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