Ray Roberts: Motivational Speaker, High School Football Coach, Sports Radio Talk Show Host
After a 9-year career in the NFL, Ray Roberts has established a reputation off the field as a great leader, motivator, and all around great guy. Now Ray shares his amazing journey to success on and off the field as part education, part motivation and part entertainment for those fortunate enough to hear him speak.
In his presentation, Ray shares his insights regarding leadership, the importance of relationship building, personal accountability, and overcoming adversity. You will find the story of his journey, from a loving but under-resourced family to the bright lights of the NFL, to be uplifting and inspiring.
Ray Roberts was born in Asheville, NC and played football at Asheville High School. After high school, Ray accepted a college scholarship to the University of Virginia. He was a four year starter, a two time winner of the Top Offensive Lineman of the year award in the ACC and a first team All American his senior year. Following his stellar career at Virginia, Ray was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
Ray played 4 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Although the team was in a rebuilding stage, Roberts was part of an offensive line that consistently opened holes for All Pro running back Chris Warren. Ray was very active in the community. He served as a spokesperson for AAA and Half Price Books as well as a keynote speaker for schools and businesses in the area. Ray is also a Seattle area sports talk radio host. He’s hosted shows on both KJR950AM and 710ESPN Seattle. After four seasons with the Seahawks, Ray signed with the Detroit Lions. Ray was voted by his teammates to serve as team captain 4 out the 5 seasons he spent with the Lions. A calming yet motivational voice in the locker room and huddle, Ray helped pave the way for Barry Sanders to lead the league in rushing as well become only the 3rd running back, at the time, to gain 2000 yard rushing in one season. While in Detroit, Ray continued his involvement in the community and continued his regular appearances on the local sports radio scene. He retired from the NFL in 2001.
Since retiring, Ray has continued to grow. He spent 6 years as a high school football coach, two of which he was the head coach. He returned to school in 2006 and earned a Master’s in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from the University of Washington. His peers and the faculty of the master’s program voted him as a top scholar. Following his graduation, he served as a Diversity Specialist at Microsoft. He was responsible for evaluating a pilot program exploring a more inclusive way to give employees more autonomy in regards to work/life balance. He also assisted with research aimed at building a business case for diversity within the Entertainment and Devises division at Microsoft.
Ray currently resides in Redmond, WA with his wife, Beth, of 17 years and their three children. Reagan 13, Slade 11 and Pryce 5.