Ray Jackson enters his eighth year with the Denver Broncos—second as vice president of player development—and his 21st season overall working in the NFL in 2022. He was hired by the club on March 9, 2015.
Jackson, who has been part of three Super Bowl-winning teams, spearheads the Broncos' off-the-field training and education for players through various club and league-supported initiatives. He also facilitates several other support programs aimed at maximizing players' potential and ability to achieve their goals on and off the field.
Before arriving in Denver, Jackson spent 10 seasons (2005-14) as the director of player development for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he implemented the organization's Career Transition Program and coordinated the Club Life Skills Seminar.
A cornerback for six NFL seasons with Buffalo (1996-98) and Cleveland (1999-2001), Jackson began his post-playing career as the assistant director of player development for the Browns from 2002-04.
Before being selected by the Bills in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft, Jackson played at Colorado State University, where he graduated as the program's all-time leader in career interceptions (20). As a senior in 1995, he was named First-Team All-Western Athletic Conference and was selected to the prestigious AFCA Good Works Team. He was inducted into the CSU Hall of Fame in 2011.
A graduate of Denver's Montbello High School, Jackson was born in East Chicago, Ind. Ray and his wife, Natalie, have five children — Pashay, Evan, Amaya, Alissa and Raymond Jr. — as well as four grandchildren.