Ray Agnew

American football player and executive (born 1967)

American football player
Ray Agnew
Detroit Lions
Position:Assistant general manager
Personal information
Born: (1967-12-09) December 9, 1967 (age 56)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
Career information
High school:Carver
(Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
College:NC State
NFL draft:1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
As a player:
  • New England Patriots (1990–1994)
  • New York Giants (1995–1997)
  • St. Louis Rams (1998–2000)
As an executive:
  • Los Angeles Rams (2017–2020)
    Director of pro personnel
  • Detroit Lions (2021–present)
    Assistant general manager
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at PFR

Ray Mitchell Agnew Jr. (born December 9, 1967) is an American football executive and former player who is the assistant general manager for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He served as the director of pro personnel with the Los Angeles Rams from 2017 to 2020.

Agnew played college football as a defensive tackle at NC State and was drafted 10th overall by the New England Patriots in 1990 NFL Draft. He played 11 seasons in the NFL for the Patriots, New York Giants, and St. Louis Rams.

Youth and college football

Agnew was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he attended and played football for Carver High School. During his senior year, he was voted the defensive most valuable player after recording 70 tackles and 10 sacks in only seven games. Agnew then played college football and majored in history at North Carolina State University.[1]

NFL career

He was drafted by the New England Patriots with the tenth pick of the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft.[2] Agnew played for the Patriots for five years before going to the New York Giants. After spending three years with the Giants he went to the St. Louis Rams where he played for three years.[3] Agnew retired after the 2000 season.

Executive career

In 2017, Agnew was promoted to director of pro personnel for the Los Angeles Rams.

On January 27, 2021, Agnew was named the assistant general manager of the Detroit Lions.[4]

Personal life

Three of Agnew's sons are active in the game of football. Ray Agnew III is a pro scout for the New York Jets and is a former fullback in the National Football League. Agnew's son, Malcolm, is the current running backs coach at Sacramento State, and Keenan is a defensive tackle at Southern Illinois.[5]


  1. ^ "Ray Agnew". archive.patriots.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "1990 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  3. ^ "Ray Agnew". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "Lions add Ray Agnew and John Dorsey to front office". DetroitLions.com. January 27, 2021. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
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