Dexter Coakley Birthday & Fun Facts

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Archita Chaplot
Feb 08, 2024 By Archita Chaplot
Originally Published on Feb 09, 2023
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Dexter Coakley is a former well-known American soccer star
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About Dexter Coakley

William Dexter Coakley is a well-known former American soccer player whose hay days were with the Dallas Cowboys.

Born on October 20, 1972, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the former soccer linebacker played for 10 seasons in the NFL (National Football League). The Dallas Cowboys selected him in the third round of the 1997 draft, and in 2011 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Even though the Dallas Cowboys drafted Coakley in 1997 as an undersized linebacker, he played for the team for only one season. He eventually created a string of seven consecutive 100-tackle seasons, creating a franchise record. He also reached double figures in tackles 37 times over 85 regular season games. He then went on to earn Pro Bowl honors. In 1999, the exceptional linebacker made 131 tackles and became the first Cowboys linebacker to go Pro Bowl since 1993. Over time Dexter Coakley became a very durable player, as seen in his eighth season with the Dallas Cowboys, whereby he started 127 out of 128 games missing only a single game due to a sprained knee.

Regarding franchise records, Coakley is tied with Dennis Thurman for the most defensive touchdowns scored and ranks fourth all-time in tackles. Later, in the '90s, the Dallas Cowboys organization felt they could get linebackers through the draft without paying a premium, adversely impacting the salary cap. They then allowed talented players like Dixon Edwards, Ken Norton Jr, and Darrin Smith to leave via free agency rather than signing them into long-term contracts. That, however, was no longer the case after the Cowboys re-signed Coakley to a six-year contract extension in 2001.

In 2002, Dexter Coakley led the team with an incredible 173 tackles and ended his streak of seven consecutive 100-tackle seasons in 2004. The linebacker star also had five passes defended with six quarterback pressures. Later, in 2004, Coakley was released due to salary cap considerations and a switch to a 3-4 defense. The St. Louis Rams signed Coakley to a five-year contract after the Dallas Cowboys released him, guaranteeing him a minimum of $24 million throughout the deal, including a $14 million signing bonus. He was then made a starter in 2005 and had two sacks, 42 tackles, and one interception in 12 games for the rams.

However, he ended the season with a dislocated ankle and a fractured fibula. In 2006, Coakley was made a backup and had 37 tackles and two interceptions but started five games in place of Pisa Tinoisamoa. Later on, in 2007, he was released by the Rams. The American soccer legend was honored with induction into the Southern Conference. 

Dexter Coakley Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Dexter Coakley’s net worth?

Being one of the richest American Football players and listed on the elite list of most popular American football players, Dexter Coakley’s net worth is valued at around $1.5 million.

How much does Dexter Coakley earn per year?

Dexter Coakley is estimated to earn about $400,000 yearly.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Dexter Coakley?

The former American football linebacker stands at 5 ft 8 in (178 cm).

How old is Dexter Coakley?

As of October 2022, The former linebacker, Dexter Coakley, is 50 years old and celebrates his birthday every year on October 20.

Childhood And Education

In October, Libran Dexter Coakley was born in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He graduated from Wando High School, where he was twice awarded the team's most valuable player and twice chosen all-conference as a safety (265 tackles in his final two years of high school play). He was an effective running back of the offensive backfield in his junior and senior years.

To meet college academic requirements, Dexter Coakley attended the military boarding school Fork Union Military Academy as a postgraduate student for one year before he accepted a scholarship to Appalachian State University. While attending Appalachian State University, Dexter Coakley grew bigger. He was switched to linebacker, becoming the first two-timer of the Buck Buchanan Awards, usually given to the nation's top Division I-AA defensive player. He became an asset to the squad as he was a crucial element of the defense on the 1995 Mountaineer team that ended the season unbeaten. 

Due to his exceptional performance, the linebacker was selected All-American and Southern Conference defensive player of the year. 

Dexter was also the Southern Conference's Athlete of the year as a junior and senior, making it the seventh time in conference history that a single individual had achieved the title in consecutive years.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Dexter Coakley dating?

There is no information on who Dexter Coakley is dating or his past partners, as the former American football linebacker keeps his personal life private.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Dexter Coakley is best known for his career as a Dallas Cowboys linebacker between 1997-2004 for 10 seasons.

Charity Work

It is unknown if Dexter Coakley is involved in any form of charity.

What awards has Dexter Coakley won?

Dexter Coakley is known to have won the Buck Buchanan Award and is the first two-time award winner. In 1999, He received the NFL's 'All-Iron MVP' award during the year's Thanksgiving Day game.

Dexter Coakley’s Hobbies And Interests

Dexter Coakley's hobbies and interests are widely unknown as the former soccer star is not public about his life.

Other Interesting Dexter Coakley Facts And Trivia

  • Coakley Dexter ranked in the elite list of most celebrities born in the United States.

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Archita ChaplotBachelor of Technology specializing in Electronics and Communication

Archita is an accomplished electronics engineer with more than six years' experience in design thinking, marketing, development, copywriting, and content writing. With a strong background in technical writing and analysis, Archita has worked for top global brands such as Accenture, utilizing her expertise in 360-degree content marketing. She is a passionate advocate for self-love, mental health, body positivity, and self-care, and brings a unique perspective to her work. In addition to her professional pursuits, Archita has been a successful tarot card reader for over eight years, serving a diverse clientele around the world.

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