Former National Football League wide receiver Keary Colbert coaches wide receivers on head coach Trent Miles' first Georgia State staff.
Colbert spent a total of six years in the NFL, four of them with the Carolina Panthers, who selected him in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. In 2004, he set Carolina rookie records for receptions (47), receiving yards (754) and receiving touchdowns (5) in a season. The following year, he helped the Panthers reach the 2005 NFC Championship game.
"Keary Colbert is an excellent addition to our staff," Miles said upon hiring Colbert in March 2013. "He is extremely knowledgeable as someone who played the wide receiver position at the highest level, both in college and then in the NFL.
"He will be unbelievable in teaching these young men the fundamentals and techniques of the receiver position," continued Miles. "He has the ability to motivate a young man to perform, and with his ability to relate to players, I think he will be an outstanding recruiter."
Colbert played for three NFL teams in 2008 - the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions. He was with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League in 2009 and then returned to the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011.
Colbert began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Southern California, in 2010, working with tight ends. Following that season, USC tight end Jordan Cameron was a fourth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.
A California native, Colbert was a prep All-America at Hueneme High in Oxnard. He went on to a standout career at USC, where he finished as the Trojans' all-time leader in receptions (207) while gaining 2,964 receiving yards and catching 19 touchdown passes in his career. He was a key member of the Trojans' 2003 Associated Press national championship team, catching 69 passes for 1,013 yards with nine touchdowns. As a senior, he was a team captain, won USC's Most Inspirational Award, earned All-Pac-10 honors and was selected to play in the Senior Bowl.
Colbert earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from USC in 2006. He has one son, Kaden.