Derek Rackley

Derek Rackley

Derek Rackley returns in 2014 for a second year as an analyst for NCAA Football broadcasts on Westwood One Sports. He will also act as a sideline reporter for select NFL broadcasts.

An eight-year NFL veteran as a tight end and long snapper, Rackley spent the first six years of his career with the Atlanta Falcons (2000-2005) before playing for the Seattle Seahawks in his final two seasons (2006-2007).

Rackley was born and raised near Minneapolis and was the captain of both his football and basketball team in high school. He played four years in college at the University of Minnesota, beginning his career as a quarterback before switching to tight end and becoming the team’s long snapper.

Since retiring from the NFL, Rackley has worked for Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and the Big Ten Network as a studio host/analyst and color commentator for football games. He currently works with 120 Sports as a football analyst.

Rackley also spends time developing his R.A.C.K. Foundation, where he funds college scholarships in Minnesota and also supports medically fragile children and their families in Georgia as a board member for the Fragile Kids Foundation.

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:  LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots celebrates a touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

NFL Highlights: Patriots top Dolphins to sew up home field

01 January 2017 Comments are off for this post.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes as the New England Patriots completed a 14-2 regular season and clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 35-14 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. New England will take a week off, while Miami visits Pittsburgh in a…
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SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 24:  Kicker Chandler Catanzaro #7 of the Arizona Cardinals kicks the game-winning field goal against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 24, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

NFL Highlights: Cardinals top Seahawks 34-31

24 December 2016 Comments are off for this post.
SEATTLE, WA – Chandler Catanzaro’s 43-yard field goal gave the Arizona Cardinals a wild 34-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. Seattle had already wrapped up the NFC West, but now may miss out on a first-round bye if Atlanta wins its final game or Detroit wins its final…
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 11: Lamar Miller #26 of the Houston Texas runs for a touchdown during the second quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

NFL Highlights: Texans defeat Colts 22-17

11 December 2016 Comments are off for this post.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Nick Novak hit five field goals and the Houston defense made the lead stand up as the Texans defeated the Indianapolis Colts 22-17 on Sunday. Houston improved to 7-6 on the year and is tied atop the AFC South with Tennessee. The Titans defeated Denver on Sunday. Brandon…
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ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03:  Head coach Nick Saban, Reuben Foster #10, Jalen Hurts #2 and ArDarius Stewart #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate their 54 to 16 win over the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

SEC Championship Highlights: Alabama crushes Florida 54-16

03 December 2016 Comments are off for this post.
ATLANTA, GA – Alabama scored on offense, defense and special teams in a 54-16 rout of Florida on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game. The Crimson Tide has won the conference championship each of the past three years and is now two wins away from a second consecutive national championship.…
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TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 26: DeMarcus Walker #44 of the Florida State Seminoles carries a gator head wearing his helmet as he celebrates after the game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated Florida 31-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

NCAA Football Highlights: Florida State tops Florida 31-13

26 November 2016 Comments are off for this post.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida State defeated Florida 31-13 on Saturday night, dominating from start to finish on both sides of the ball. The Seminoles held the Gators to just 207 yards of offense and sacked Austin Appleby six times. Brandon Gaudin and Derek Rackley called the action on Westwood One Sports.
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SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 19:  Quarterback Manny Wilkins #5 of the Arizona State Sun Devils is sacked by defensive back Budda Baker #32 of the Washington Huskies on November 19, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

NCAA Football Highlights: Washington thumps Arizona State

19 November 2016 Comments are off for this post.
SEATTLE, WA – Jake Browning had a pair of touchdown passes as Washington recovered from losing its first game of the season a week ago with a 44-18 win over Arizona State. Washington is now 10-1 on the year and is still looking to potentially reach the College Football Playoff. Brandon…
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EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 12: Running back Christian McCaffrey #5 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

NCAA Football Highlights: Stanford smokes Oregon 52-27

12 November 2016 Comments are off for this post.
EUGENE, OR – Christian McCaffrey had three touchdown runs and Keller Chryst threw for three scores as Stanford routed Oregon at Autzen Stadium 52-27 on Saturday. Brandon Gaudin and Derek Rackley called the action on Westwood One Sports.
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