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Del Rio at a glance

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Here is some biographical information on new Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, who was hired Wednesday to succeed interim coach Tony Sparano:

Age: 51

High school: Hayward High graduate who starred in football, baseball and basketball. He played a key role in the Farmers winning the North Coast Section 2A title in 1979.

College: He played linebacker for Southern California football team and catcher for the baseball team. Recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson and former A’s and Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire were among Del Rio’s teammates on the baseball team at USC. Del Rio started all four years for the football team and was a consensus All-America his senior season.

NFL: The New Orleans Saints selected Del Rio in the third round (No. 68 overall) of the 1985 NFL draft. Del Rio played for the Saints from 1985-86, the Kansas City Chiefs from 1987-88, the Dallas Cowboys from 1989-91 and the Minnesota Vikings from 1992-95. He was selected to the 1994 Pro Bowl and recorded 1,078 tackles during his NFL career.

Did you know: Del Rio was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round of the 1981 Major League draft. Instead, Del Rio accepted a scholarship to Southern Cal.

Coaching: Del Rio’s first NFL coaching job came in 1997, when he was hired by the Saints as their strength and conditioning coach. After two seasons with the Saints, he coached the Baltimore Ravens linebackers from 1999-2001. He was hired by the Carolina Panthers in 2002 and spent one season as their defensive coordinator before he got hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars as their head coach in 2003. Del Rio spent nine seasons with the Jaguars and compiled a 68-71 regular-season record. He spent the past three seasons with the Denver Broncos as their defensive coordinator – he also was the Broncos interim head coach for four games in 2013 when regular head coach John Fox had heart surgery.

Family: Del Rio and his wife Linda have three daughters and a son.

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Steve Corkran

  • tuckrulefool

    then dont miss the 1st 2 days! 70M? No excuse for the Lumbering One this year….he should feel a VERY warm seat to help ‘motivate him’…..MUST nail FA and the draft or he will be IHOP’in on outa here this time next year (or sooner)

  • The Florida Pete

    everywhere he goes…

  • Zymurge

    Do that and you just committed about 15-20% of the cap for the next 4 years to one player. Why is it that important? Did Suh’s big contract and the downstream minimizing of the rest of the Lion’s roster get them into the playoffs this year?

  • Miamiraider78

    So JDR was Ray Lewis’s coach in Baltimore! Cool. Hopefully he will bring out the best in Mack and plug a great DT in our line so we can have the Raven blueprint going.

  • Rellik30

    Davis told him to do it. Ron was apprehensive

  • Cervantes74

    Then why not mention MD…he was the driving force behind JDR?

  • Rellik30

    Not random… was a reply to an earlier post, I just put it in the wrong spot. I’m a long time reader but don’t post often… mostly cause I use my phone… sorry for confusion.

  • the comedy genius dr robert

    Gotcha

  • r8dercain

    I live in sac