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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CHARLOTTE, NC – Aaron Rodgers returned from injury, but it wasn’t enough for Green Bay as the Carolina Panthers defeated the Packers 31-24 on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. Rodgers threw three touchdowns and three interceptions… Read More »
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Leonard Fournette rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown as the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Seattle Seahawks 30-24 on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, Jacksonville improved to 9-3 on the season. Tennessee’s loss to Arizona allowed the Jaguars to take over sole possession of first place in… Read More »
ATLANTA, GA – Three weeks is a long time in college football. After getting handily beaten by Auburn on November 11th, Georgia responded on Saturday in a dominating 28-7 win over the Tigers in the SEC Championship Game. Jake Fromm had a pair of touchdown passes for the Bulldogs and… Read More »
CARSON, CA – The Los Angeles Chargers defense intercepted rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman five times in the first half and never looked back, blasting the Buffalo Bills 54-24 on Sunday afternoon. Peterman completed just six passes and was pulled at halftime. John Sadak and Derek Rackley called the action on… Read More »
CLEMSON, SC – The road is wide open for the defending champions to return to the College Football Playoff as Clemson defeated Florida State 31-14 on Saturday and got help elsewhere. #1 Georgia and #3 Notre Dame both lost, clearing the path for the fourth-ranked Tigers to earn one of… Read More »
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Malik Rosier threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another as the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 28-10 on Saturday night. Jason Horowitz and Derek Rackley called the action on Westwood One Sports. Read More »
LONDON, UK – Case Keenum had a pair of touchdown passes and Jerrick McKinnon had a touchdown run as the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Cleveland Browns 33-16 on Sunday at Twickenham Stadium. Tom McCarthy and Derek Rackley called the action on Westwood One. Read More »
TUSCALOOSA, AL – Top-ranked Alabama continued to look every bit the part on Saturday, destroying Tennessee 45-7 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide amassed 604 yards of offense, while surrendering just 108 to the Volunteers. Ryan Radtke and Derek Rackley called the action on Westwood One Sports. Read More »