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Ray Horton

Ray Horton
Horton with the Cleveland Browns in2 013.
Tennessee Titans
Defensive Coordinator
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-04-12) April 12, 1960
Place of birth: Tacoma, Washington
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Tacoma (WA) Mount Tahoma
College: Washington
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Debuted in 1983 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Last played in 1992 for the Dallas Cowboys
Coaching debut in 1994 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • All Pac-10 (1982)
  • Super Bowl champion – Player: XXVII
  • Super Bowl champion – Coach: XL, XLIII
  • Tied for Bengals rookie interception record, 5
Career NFL statistics
Sacks 3.0
Interceptions 19
Stats at
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Raymond Anthony Horton (born April 12, 1960) is the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans in the National Football League. He is a former American football cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys.

High school

In 1978, Horton graduated early from Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington. He was later named to Second Team Defense on the "The High-School Football Team Of The Century" by the Seattle Times.[1]


Horton attended the University of Washington, where he played as a cornerback and punt returner from 1980 to 1982 after a redshirt year. He recorded 10 career interceptions. He was a first-team All-Pac 10 selection, honorable mention Associated Press All-American, and played in two Rose Bowls.[2][3]

Playing career

Horton was chosen by the Bengals in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He won the job as a starting cornerback by the second game of the season.[4] During his time as a player in the NFL, Horton recorded 19 interceptions and returned them for 264 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also recovered 8 fumbles, which he returned for 48 yards and a touchdown. Horton was the starting punt returner for the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII and won a championship ring in his last season with the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII.

Coaching career

Horton began his coaching career in 1994 as a defensive assistant with the Washington Redskins. He was hired by Norv Turner, who coached him in Dallas. Horton was the defensive backs coach for the Bengals (1997-01) and Detroit Lions (2002-03). He was the assistant defensive backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-2006 before being promoted to defensive backs coach in 2007.[5]

On February 9, 2011, Horton was named defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals.[6] In 2013, Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt was fired, though Horton was initially retained and considered for promotion to head coach.[7] On January 17, 2013, Horton was passed over for the promotion in favor of his former fellow assistant at Pittsburgh Bruce Arians, leading to his prompt departure from Arizona.[8]

On January 18, 2013, Horton was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns.[9]

On January 18, 2014, Horton agreed to become the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.[10]


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  3. ^ Husky First-Team All-Americans (PDF)
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  6. ^ "Horton Hired as Defensive Coordinator". 
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  9. ^ "Ray Horton, Todd Bowles to get jobs". 
  10. ^ "Titans reach deal with Ray Horton to be defensive coordinator". 
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