Jack Del Rio

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Jack Del Rio (born April 4, 1963 in Castro Valley, California) was a American football player in the NFL and parlayed a successful playing career into a coaching career.

An All-American linebacker at the University of Southern California, Del Rio was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 3rd round of the 1985 draft. His 11-year career was spent between the Saints (1985-1986), the Kansas City Chiefs (1987-88), Dallas Cowboys (1989-91), and Minnesota Vikings (1992-95). Signed by the Miami Dolphins before the 1996 season, Del Rio retired when he lost his job to rookie Zach Thomas.

Del Rio began his coaching career with the New Orleans Saints in 1997. In 1999, he accepted a position with the Baltimore Ravens as their linebackers coach. After the 2001 season, he was named defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers.

In 2003, Del Rio became the 2nd head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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