A number of people have represented the Acadiana area in the National Football League.

All summer long, we’re going to spotlight the fantastic athletes from the area, people that were actually born in one of the Acadiana parishes, that went on to play football at the highest level, the NFL.

Yesterday, we profiled former Lafayette High great Cedric Figaro.

Today, we spotlight former New Iberia Senior High School standout Corey Raymond.

Born on July 28, 1969 in New Iberia, Raymond was a star defensive back at NISH.

Following his high school years, Raymond went to college at LSU, where he was a three-year starter in the secondary for the Tigers from 1989-91, while capping his LSU career with 185 tackles and eight interceptions in his senior season of 1991.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Raymond was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent following the 1992 NFL Draft.

Raymond made the most of his opportunity, making his NFL debut with the Giants in 1992, at the age of 23, playing in all 16 games, mostly on special teams, registering 8 tackles.

The 1993-1994 seasons saw Raymond get more playing time with the Giants, appearing in all 32 games, including 20 starts, accumulating 87 tackles and 3 interceptions.

In 1995, Raymond moved to the Detroit Lions, having the best year of his career, tallying 59 tackles and 6 interceptions, both career-highs.

Raymond remained with the Lions for two more seasons, starting at cornerback, before retiring, following the 1997 campaign.

In parts of six NFL seasons, Raymond appeared in 90 games, including 60 as a starter, registering 258 tackles and 11 interceptions.

Following his playing career, Raymond became a coach, serving as defensive coordinator at both New Iberia Senior High (2003) and Westgate (2004-2005), before moving on to the college ranks, working as an intern with LSU in 2006.

Raymond became a full-time assistant with LSU in 2007, before working on the staffs on Utah St. (2009-2010), Indiana (2011), and Nebraska (2011-2012).

Today, the 47-year old Raymond is the assistant head coach/defensive backs coach at LSU, a position he has held since 2012.

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