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Ricky Hunley

Ricky Hunley
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-11-11) November 11, 1961 (age 54)
Place of birth Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker
College University of Arizona
Jersey number 98, 51
NFL Draft 1984 / Round 1 / Pick 7
Playing stats Pro Football Reference
Playing stats
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1984–1987 Denver Broncos
1988 Phoenix Cardinals
1989–1990 Los Angeles Raiders
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1992–1993 Southern California
(Graduate Assistant)
1994–1997 University of Missouri
(Defensive Line Coach)
1998–2000 University of Missouri
(Associate Head Coach)
(Linebackers Coach)
2001 University of Florida
(Defensive Line Coach)
2002 Washington Redskins
(Defensive Line Coach)
2003–2007 Cincinnati Bengals
(Linebackers Coach)
2009 California Redwoods
(Defensive Coordinator)
2010–2011 Sacramento Mountain Lions
(Defensive Coordinator)
2011-present Oakland Raiders
(Assistant Linebackers)
College Football Hall of Fame

Ricky Cardell Hunley (born November 11, 1961) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the 1980s and early 1990s. Hunley played college football for the University of Arizona, and was recognized as an All-American. He was selected in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Denver Broncos, Phoenix Cardinals and Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL. He is currently the assistant linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders.

Early years

Hunley was born in Petersburg, Virginia.

College career

Hunley attended the University of Arizona, where he played for the Arizona Wildcats football team from 1980 to 1983. As a junior in 1982 and again as a senior in 1983, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American—and became the first Arizona Wildcat football player to receive consensus All-American honors.[1]

In 1998, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame–the first player from the University of Arizona to be enshrined.

Professional career

Ricky went on to an NFL career with the Denver Broncos (1984–87), Phoenix Cardinals (1988), and the Los Angeles Raiders (1989–90). It is noted that Hunley was drafted by the Bengals but after failing to reach a contract agreement was traded to Denver. He was elected executive vice president of the NFL Players Association (1990–92).

Coaching career

He coached on the collegiate level at the University of Southern California (1992–93), University of Missouri (1994–2000), and University of Florida (2001).

He started his NFL coaching career through the NFL Minority Fellowship Coaching Program in 2002 as the defensive line coach for the Washington Redskins under Steve Spurrier, where he met Marvin Lewis. He then moved to Linebackers coach under Lewis for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003 to 2007; he was fired after a disappointing season and a flurry of player injuries and suspensions. He also served on the board of directors for the Black Coaches Association.


Hunley and his wife Camille, have two daughters, Alexis and Kenady. His younger brother, Lamonte, was also an All-American linebacker at Arizona.[2] He founded the Ricky Hunley Football Camp, a non-profit instruction center for high school boys.[3]


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