Caesar Rayford (born March 4, 1986) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He also was a member of the BC Lions, Spokane Shock, Utah Blaze, Jacksonville Sharks, Calgary Stampeders, Montreal Alouettes, Los Angeles Kiss and Tampa Bay Storm. He played college football at the University of Washington. He is currently the defensive line and linebackers coach for the Atlantic City Blackjacks.
|Born:||March 4, 1986|
Fayetteville, North Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight:||272 lb (123 kg)|
|High school:||Spanaway (WA) Bethel|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
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|Player stats at PFR|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
Rayford attended Bethel High School. As a senior, he received All-SPSL South honors after tallying 47 tackles, 8 sacks and 3 blocked field goals. He also was named to the Tacoma News Tribune's second-team All-area team.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Spanaway, Washington||Bethel High School||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||225 lb (102 kg)||4.56||Jan 11, 2004|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 30 (TE) Rivals: -- (DE), -- (WA)|
Rayford accepted a football scholarship from the University of Washington on January 11, 2004. He chose the Huskies over scholarship offers from Oregon and UCLA. He was originally redshirted as a true freshman, but had to play the last 6 games of the season because of injuries suffered on the defensive line.
As a sophomore, he appeared in 9 games, making 2 tackles and a half sack. As a junior, he appeared in 9 games and made one tackle. As a senior, he appeared in 13 games, registering a career-high 10 tackles and 4 sacks.
He played a total of 35 career games mainly as a backup defensive end, finishing with 13 tackles (7 solo), 5.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4 pass breakups, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.
BC Lions (first stint)Edit
Rayford declared for the 2008 NFL Draft, but was not selected and began his career as an undrafted free agent. He was signed by the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League after having a free agent workout. He spent all of the season on the practice squad.
He was released before the start of the season on June 25, 2009.
Spokane Shock (AF2)Edit
On July 7, 2009, Rayford joined the Spokane Shock of the AF2 league. He appeared in 3 games (2 starts), collecting 2 tackles (2 for loss), one sack and two pass breakups. He was a part of the ArenaCup X Championship team.
BC Lions (second stint)Edit
On November 12, 2009, the BC Lions added Rayford to the practice roster. He was promoted to the active roster on November 13. He played in two playoff games as a backup defensive end, making one tackle. He wasn't re-signed after the season.
Utah Blaze (AFL)Edit
In 2010, he signed with the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League. He recorded 16 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions (returned for 2 touchdowns), 4 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.
In 2011, he started 17 out of 18 games, posting 31 tackles (12 for loss), 10 sacks, 7 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries. He also blocked an AFL single-season record five kicks.
In 2012, the Blaze's defensive line was coined "Sack Lake City" due to the tremendous amount of pressure and sacks they applied to quarterbacks. In a game against the Iowa Barnstormers, the Blaze recorded a league record 11 sacks in one game, led by the combination of Rayford and Mike Lewis with 3.5 sacks each. He finished with 18 starts, 21 tackles (7 for loss), 7.5 sacks, 3 pass breakups, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.
In 2013, he registered 13 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 pass breakups, 4 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 2 blocked kicks. He finished with 68 tackles (26.5 for loss), 22.5 sacks, 16 passes defensed, 7 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns.
On September 3, 2013, the Dallas Cowboys acquired him from the Colts after he had a notable preseason, in exchange of a seventh round draft choice (#244-Trenton Brown). He played in 7 games, before being cut on November 12 and signed to the practice squad. He was released by the team on August 30, 2014.
Calgary Stampeders (CFL)Edit
Rayford was signed to the Calgary Stampeders' practice roster on September 23, 2014. He was released by the Stampeders on September 26, 2014.
Montreal Alouettes (CFL)Edit
Rayford was signed to the Montreal Alouettes' practice roster on October 27, 2014. He was promoted to the active roster on November 1. He was released by the Alouettes on November 24.
Jacksonville Sharks (AFL)Edit
Rayford was acquired by the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League through the Off-Season Assignment Process in 2013 and was activated from the Other League Exempt list on January 6, 2015. He spent the entire 2014 season on the Other League Exempt list. He was activated by the Sharks on January 6, 2015.
Los Angeles KISS (AFL)Edit
Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL)Edit
On January 7, 2016, Rayford signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was released on June 12.
Tampa Bay Storm (AFL)Edit
His uncle Otis Sistrunk, was a defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders. On January 31, 2019, he was named the defensive line and linebackers coach for the Arena Football League expansion team Atlantic City Blackjacks.
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- "Atlantic City AFL Team Announces Head Coach, Coaching Staff". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
- Media related to Caesar Rayford at Wikimedia Commons