William Gay (cornerback)

William Gay (born January 1, 1985[1]) is an American football coach and former cornerback, who is the current defensive backs coach for the Missouri State Bears. He played college football for the University of Louisville for head coach Bobby Petrino from 2003 to 2006 before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He would later win Super Bowl XLIII with the team over the Arizona Cardinals.

American football cornerback
For other people with the same name, see William Gay.

William Gay

Gay with the Steelers in 2007
Missouri State Bears
Position: Defensive backs coach
Personal information
Born: (1985-01-01) January 1, 1985 (age 36)
Tallahassee, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: James S. Rickards
(Tallahassee, Florida)
College: Louisville
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 170
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles: 571
Sacks: 7.0
Forced fumbles: 10
Pass deflections: 87
Interceptions: 13
Defensive touchdowns: 5
Player stats at NFL.com

Gay signed with the Cardinals prior to the 2012 NFL season before returning to Pittsburgh the following year.

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Gay attended James S. Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida, where he played quarterback, wide receiver and safety for the Raiders. He racked up over 1,200 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He notched 1,035 yards and seven scores passing, 1,237 yards and 11 scores receiving and 82 tackles, 14 pass breakups and nine interceptions at defensive back as a senior when he was named team co-MVP and earned first team All-Big Bend Area honors.

Gay was also a standout in track & field. In 2002, he placed 8th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.61 seconds at the Capital City Classic.[2] At the FHSAA Region 3A he took 3rd in the long jump (7.07m or 23 feet, 2 inches) and 14th in the 400-meter dash (51.0 seconds).[3] He was also clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash.

Gay was rated as a three-star prospect by TheInsiders.com and was the nation’s 67th-ranked cornerback. He was rated as a three-star prospect and was the nation’s 46th-ranked cornerback by Rivals.com.

Gay played college football at the University of Louisville where he played in 46 games recording 134 tackles. Gay is also somewhat notable for being offside as a defender on a field goal kick attempt in the final minute of Louisville’s game against Rutgers in 2006. Although the kick was unsuccessful, a penalty was called against Louisville that provided the kicker with a second attempt. This one was successful. As a result, Louisville experienced their only loss of the season, effectively ending their bid for a National Championship game berth.[4]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
187 lb
(85 kg)
4.48 s 1.51 s 2.55 s 4.15 s 6.89 s 38.5 in
(0.98 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine

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