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Darren Perry (born December 29, 1968 in Chesapeake, Virginiamarker) is an NFL assistant coach and former professional American football player. He is currently the safeties coach for the Green Bay Packers. A product of Penn Statemarker, Perry played free safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints

Coaching

Prior to joining Mike McCarthy's coaching staff at Green Bay, Perry was the Steelers defensive backs coach from 2004-2006, after having served as assistant defensive backs coach in 2003, and the Raiders defensive backs coach from 2007-2008. Perry was instrumental with the rapid development of the Steelers’ two outstanding safeties, All-Pro Troy Polamalu and Chris Hope. He resigned from the Steelers coaching staff on January 25, 2007, following the retirement of head coach Bill Cowher.

Prior to returning to Pittsburgh, Perry spent the 2002 season as Cincinnati Bengals’ safeties coach under his former defensive coordinator, Dick LeBeau.

NFL career

An eighth round draft pick (203rd overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft, (the first for Steelers head coach Bill Cowher), Perry played seven seasons (1992-98) with the Steelers and started the first 110 games of his career, including the postseason. Largely unheralded, the 5'11", . rookie picked off six passes, becoming the first rookie since 1955 to lead the team in interceptions. The pairing of Perry with Pro Bowler Rod Woodson in the secondary helped create one of the NFL’s most effective and durable secondaries. His 32 career interceptions from 1992-98 are tied for seventh in Pittsburgh history.

Perry signed with the San Diego Chargers in 1999 and rounded out his playing career in 2000 with the New Orleans Saints, having played in 139-of-141 possible games, missing only two games in 1997 due to a groin injury. He started 13 postseason games, including Super Bowl XXX. He had a career total of 35 interceptions.

In 1997, Perry was selected as the recipient of the Pro Football Writers’ “Chief Award”, presented annually to the member of the Steelers’ organization who best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media. He was also named the winner of the 1992 “Joe Greene Great Performance Award”, given to the outstanding Steelers rookie.

College

Perry was named a first team Football Writers All-American and graduated as Penn Statemarker's second leading all-time interceptor with 15. The Nittany Lions culminated a 11-2 season with a win in the Fiesta Bowl versus Tennesseemarker. Perry’s 299 interception return yards and 3 interceptions for touchdowns are school records. Perry had six interceptions his senior year and returned two for touchdowns.

Degree: Bachelor of Science, 1993, Penn State Universitymarker Smeal College of Business.

High school

As a quarterback at Chesapeake, Virginiamarker’s Deep Creek High School, Perry passed for 23 touchdowns and 2,790 yards.

Personal

In 1992, he began Intercept for Care, wherein Perry made a $500 donation to Chesapeake Care for every interception he made. Chesapeake Care is a program in which doctors, nurses, dentists and volunteers donate services to those without medical insurance in Chesapeake, Virginiamarker. Perry later convinced others to match his contribution, making each of his interceptions worth as much as $2,500 apiece. By 1996 the program had helped over 9,000 patients.

Perry and his wife Errika have four children: Danielle, Dominique, Dedriana and Devan. They live in Chesapeake, Virginiamarker in the off-season.

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