Ray Austin has been a staple of the sports and entertainment world for the last 15 years and currently serves as Co-Founder and Head of Football Experience of the Fan-Controlled Football League (FCFL), the real world sports league that allows the fans to call the shots.
After a successful five-year career in the NFL, where he played for the Jets and Bears, Austin transitioned into a career as an entrepreneur, actor, and model. Austin is known for recurring roles on network hits Empire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire. He has been featured in over 100 commercials with such blue chip clients as Coors, Ford, Listerine, and McDonald’s. He has been a proud member of the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG) for the past 13 years. He has also gained experience as a radio announcer and commentator through Voice of America.
Austin has a deep appreciation for the respect and discipline that he has gained in the sports community. He worked hard during his five-year tenure as an NFL player, which helped to prepare him for his next venture in sports performance. Co-owner of a 40,000 square foot gym with over 300 athletes, he has greatly contributed to the success of collegiate and professional athletes including Justin Tucker, Tommy Zbikowski, Tony Moeaki, and Chris Brown. He used the skills that he gained to give back by partnering with Nike to offer performance training to inner-city youth in Chicago. This experience was the inspiration for Nike’s S.P.A.R.Q. line (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, Quickness).
Austin played college football at Tennessee, where he served as the team’s defensive captain (along-side their little known offensive captain, Peyton Manning) and majored in psychology. He currently resides in Chandler, AZ, where he spends time with his wife and his dog Devereaux and enjoys working out, with the never-ending goal of remaining in playing shape.