Jerry Gray

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Jerry Gray
No. 25, 21, 20
Cornerback
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-12-16) December 16, 1962 (age 51)
Place of birth: Lubbock, Texas
Career information
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Debuted in 1985
Last played in 1993
Career history

As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions 28
Interception yards 374
Touchdowns 3
Stats at NFL.com

Jerry Don Gray (born December 16, 1962) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the secondary coach for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. Gray played college football at the University of Texas at Austin, where he garnered All-American honors. Thereafter, he played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Gray was born in Lubbock, Texas. He attended Lubbock Estacado High School.

College[edit]

Gray was a two-time consensus first-team All-American at the University of Texas. During his career, he was known for being an especially hard hitter. He had 297 career tackles, 16 interceptions and 20 passes broken up and played on four bowl teams at Texas coached by Fred Akers. In 2013, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Gray was the Rams' first-round choice in the 1985 NFL Draft and played seven years in Los Angeles before finishing his career with the Oilers in 1992 and the Buccaneers in 1993. He had 28 career interceptions, including six for the Oilers in 1992.[1]

Gray was selected to the Pro Bowl four times attending the game from 1986 through 1989. In his final appearance he earned Pro Bowl MVP honors after recording 7 tackles and a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Gray turned to coaching. His coaching career began in 1995 as a defensive backs coach for the SMU Mustangs football team. He then worked for the for the Tennessee Oilers as a Defensive Quality Control coach from 1997 to 1998 before being promoted to defensive backs coach in 1999 when the team name was changed from "Oilers" to "Titans".[3] In 2001, he was hired by former Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to run the Buffalo Bills defense the same year Williams left Tennessee to become the Buffalo Head Coach. He served as the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills from 2001 to 2005, where he oversaw one of the top defenses in the NFL until his final season. The Bills ranked 2nd in total defense in both 2003 and 2004.

After the 2005 season he was hired by the Washington Redskins to serve as their defensive backs coach [4][5][6]

On January 18, 2010, Gray was hired as the new defensive backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks.[7] On January 17, 2011, Gray agreed to return to his alma mater Texas as the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach. [8] On February 12, 2011, however, Gray rejoined the Titans as their defensive coordinator.

On January 22, 2014, Gray was hired as the new defensive backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings.

Personal life[edit]

Gray and his wife Sherry, also from Lubbock, have one son together, who currently plays defensive back for the SMU Mustangs.[9]

Gray started the Jerry Gray Foundation in 2002 and it continues to actively supports youth in Lubbock, providing scholarships in partnership with Texas Tech.[10][11]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ted Cottrell
Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Perry Fewell
Preceded by
Chuck Cecil
Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Ray Horton