Ray Horton

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Ray Horton
Coach Ray Horton in 2013.jpg
Horton with the Cleveland Browns in 2013.
Tennessee Titans
Position: Defensive Coordinator
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-04-12) April 12, 1960 (age 55)
Place of birth: Tacoma, Washington
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Tacoma (WA) Mount Tahoma
College: Washington
NFL draft: 1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • All Pac-10 (1982)
  • Super Bowl champion – Player: XXVII
  • Super Bowl champion – Coach: XL, XLIII
  • Tied for Bengals rookie interception record, 5
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 3.0
Interceptions: 19
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Raymond Anthony Horton (born April 12, 1960) is the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans in the National Football League. He is a former American football cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys.

High school[edit]

In 1978, Horton graduated early from Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington. He was later named to Second Team Defense on the "The High-School Football Team Of The Century" by the Seattle Times.[1]


Horton attended the University of Washington, where he played as a cornerback and punt returner from 1980 to 1982 after a redshirt year. He recorded 10 career interceptions. He was a first-team All-Pac 10 selection, honorable mention Associated Press All-American, and played in two Rose Bowls.[2][3]

Along with his 10 career interceptions, he also broke up 22 passes, including 15 in 1981.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Horton was chosen by the Bengals in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He won the job as a starting cornerback by the second game of the season.[5] During his time as a player in the NFL, Horton recorded 19 interceptions and returned them for 264 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also recovered 8 fumbles, which he returned for 48 yards and a touchdown. Horton was the starting punt returner for the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII and won a championship ring in his last season with the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII.

Coaching career[edit]

Horton began his coaching career in 1994 as a defensive assistant with the Washington Redskins. He was hired by Norv Turner, who coached him in Dallas. Horton was the defensive backs coach for the Bengals (1997-01) and Detroit Lions (2002-03). He was the assistant defensive backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-2006 before being promoted to defensive backs coach in 2007.[6]

On February 9, 2011, Horton was named defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals.[7] In 2013, Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt was fired, though Horton was initially retained and considered for promotion to head coach.[8] On January 17, 2013, Horton was passed over for the promotion in favor of his former fellow assistant at Pittsburgh Bruce Arians, leading to his prompt departure from Arizona.[9]

On January 18, 2013, Horton was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns.[10]

On January 18, 2014, Horton agreed to become the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.[11]