Derek Rackley returns in 2018 for his sixth year as an analyst for Westwood One’s NCAA Football coverage.
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. He was a four-time letterman and an academic All-American in his senior year.
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 is also the owner of Sugar Hill Fit Body Boot Camp in the Atlanta suburbs.
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Derek Rackley's Posts
02 October 2022
LONDON, UK – Will Lutz’s 61-yard field goal attempt as time expired went off the upright and then the crossbar before falling short as the Minnesota Vikings hung on for a thrilling 28-25 win over the New… Read More »
07 December 2019
ATLANTA, GA – LSU solidified its place in the College Football Playoff with a 37-10 demolition of Georgia in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. The Tigers were led, once again, by quarterback Joe Burrow, who threw four touchdown passes on the day. Ryan Radtke and Derek Rackley called the action on… Read More »
12 October 2019
CLEMSON, SC – For the second straight year what has traditionally been one of the ACC’s best rivalries was all orange on Saturday as Clemson defeated Florida State 45-14. Ryan Radtke and Derek Rackley called the action on Westwood One Sports. Read More »
21 September 2019
COLLEGE STATION, TX – Auburn defeated Texas A&M 28-20 on Saturday in an SEC West showdown at Kyle Field. Bo Nix and Joey Gatewood each tossed touchdown passes for the unbeaten Tigers. Ryan Radtke and Derek Rackley called the action on Westwood One Sports. Read More »
14 September 2019
COLUMBIA, SC – Tua Tagovailoa threw for 444 yards and five touchdowns as Alabama cruised to a 47-23 win over South Carolina on Saturday afternoon. Ryan Radtke and Derek Rackley called the action on Westwood One Sports. Read More »
08 September 2019
AUSTIN, TX – In a battle of top-ten teams, LSU got the early-season boost towards a spot in the College Football Playoff as the Tigers topped Texas 45-38 on Saturday night. Joe Burrow threw for 471 yards and four scores for LSU. Ryan Radtke and Derek Rackley called the action… Read More »
30 August 2019
CLEMSON, SC – The defending champs picked up right where they left off in January as Clemson crushed Georgia Tech 52-14 in the season opener on Thursday night. Travis Etienne led the way with 205 yards rushing on just 12 carries. He scored three touchdowns on the night, including a… Read More »
01 December 2018
ATLANTA, GA – Jalen Hurts replaced the injured Tua Tagovailoa and threw the game-tying touchdown and ran for what would become the game-winning score as Alabama rallied past Georgia for a 35-28 win in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. Georgia led 28-14 late in the third quarter but didn’t dent the… Read More »
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