Ricky Hunley


Position: Linebackers

Ricky Hunley brings extensive playing and coaching knowledge to the linebacker position.

Hunley, a 2x All-American linebacker at the University of Arizona, became the first Wildcat to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. He was selected seventh overall in the NFL Draft. He spent seven seasons in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Phoenix Cardinals and Los Angeles Raiders. He played in Super Bowl XXI and XXII with Denver.

Hunley began his coaching career at the collegiate level as a graduate assistant with the University of Southern California before going to the University of Missouri. From 1994-2000, he had several roles at Missouri including defensive line coach, linebackers coach and associate head coach. Hunley spent time at the defensive line coach at the University of Florida under Steve Spurrier.

After coaching on the Washington Redskins staff shortly after Florida, Hunley served as the Cincinnati Bengals linebackers coach. After five seasons with the Bengals, Hunley moved to the UFL as the defensive coordinator of the California Redwoods and Sacramento Mountain Lions. He is currently the defensive line coach at the University of Memphis. Hunley has coached and trained many notable players including LaVar Arrington, Justin Smith and Odell Thurman.

Playing Career

  • College: University of Arizona
  • Denver Broncos (1984-1987)
  • Phoenix Cardinals (1988)
  • Los Angeles Raiders (1989-1990)

Coaching Career

  • University of Missouri (1994-00)
  • University of Florida (2001)
  • Washington Redskins (2002)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2003-07)
  • California Redwoods (2009)
  • Sacramento Mountain Lions (2010-11)
  • Oakland Raiders (2011-2013)
  • University of Memphis (2013-present)

Career Highlights

  • First University of Arizona Football Player to Become 1st Team All-American
  • Vice President of NFLPA (1990-92)
  • College Football Hall of Fame (1998)

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