Ronyell Whitaker

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Ronyell Whitaker
No. 29, 27
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-03-19) March 19, 1979 (age 36)
Place of birth: Norfolk, Virginia
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Lake Taylor High School, Norfolk, Virginia
College: Virginia Tech
Undrafted: 2003
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at

Ronyell Whitaker (born March 19, 1979) is a former professional American football cornerback. He was signed by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2003, and played for the Minnesota Vikings, the Detroit Lions and the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers before retiring from professional football in 2009.

Early years[edit]

Ronyell Deshawn Whitaker was born March 19, 1979 in Norfolk, Virginia, the son of Sylvonia Whitaker and the nephew of boxer Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker.[1]

He graduated from Norfolk's Lake Taylor High School, where he "lettered four years as a running back, defensive back and return man"; he scored 44 touchdowns and ran for 3,458 yards.[1]

Whitaker played college football at Virginia Tech, where he was "rated the No. 8 cornerback in the nation by The Sporting News [and] ranked the No. 10 cornerback by Lindy's."[1]

Professional career[edit]

In 2006 he led NFL Europe in interceptions and defensive touchdowns, with 141 return yards and two touchdowns, and was named to the All NFL Europe team. In one of his games in the NFLE in 2006, his 100-yard interception return for a score was his team's sole touchdown of the game. On November 6, 2007, the Vikings released him.[citation needed]

Whitaker spent a brief stint with the Detroit Lions (NFL) before being released just before the beginning of 2008-2009 season.[citation needed] Whitaker then signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.[2] He was released on June 25, 2009.

Career after football[edit]

As of 2013, Whitaker is back in Minnesota, working as part of a Minneapolis–Saint Paul area real estate team, specializing in relocation transactions for the Vikings, as well as short sales.[3]


  1. ^ a b c 2002 biography at the Virginia Tech Hokies website. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  2. ^ "Winnipeg Blue Bombers". 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  3. ^ "The Joe and Cindy Team". Retrieved 2013-04-27. Ron heads our short sale transaction management and also works with our professional athlete clients, focusing on the relocation needs of the Minnesota Vikings. Ron is a 6-year veteran of the NFL and played several seasons as a Minnesota Viking. He was an All American Football Player at Virginia Tech, graduating in 2003.