(born June 21, 1984 in Brunswick, Georgia
) is a football safety
who played collegiate football for the Texas Tech Red Raiders
. Later he also played professionally in the NFL
for the Chicago Bears
and for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
of the CFL
While only playing for one season as a starter at Texas Tech
, Slay set a new Big 12
record with eight forced fumbles
in a single season. This achievement, along with Slay being one of the top tacklers in the Big 12, contributed to him being named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press
in November, 2005
. Slay was also named a 2005 First Team All-American by Sports Illustrated
in December 2005.
In one game—against the Kansas State Wildcats
on October 15, 2005—Slay had two big hits. The first was a tackle on Kansas State wide receiver Davin Dennis that caused a fumble. Slay later caused another fumble when he hit quarterback
Allan Everidge on an up-the-middle draw play that forced Everidge to the turf for several minutes. The Red Raiders won the game 59-20.
Towards the end of the season, ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr.
had Slay as one of his top 25 NFL draft prospects and many believed Slay would, at the very least, go late in the first day of the draft. However, after a poor pro-day workout at the NFL combine, Slay's status dropped significantly.
Pundits predicted that Dwayne Slay would be drafted by an NFL team in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft
; but, after going... Read More