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Ricky Cardell Hunley (born November 11, 1961) is an American former 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 twice recognized as a consensus 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.

Ricky Hunley
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Personal information
Born: (1961-11-11) November 11, 1961 (age 57)
Petersburg, Virginia
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school:Petersburg (VA)
NFL Draft:1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Hunley was born in Petersburg, Virginia, and graduated from Petersburg High School.

College careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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.

Personal lifeEdit

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]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Larry Smith: 1939–2008 Archived May 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine,, January 28, 2008.
  3. ^ Ricky Hunley at the College Football Hall of Fame

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