Dexter Manley; an American Legend, nicknamed the "Secretary of Defense" was born February 2, 1959 in Houston, Texas.
Manley was drafted in the fifth round (119th overall) of the 1981 National Football League (NFL) Draft by the Washington Redskins. While a member of the Redskins Manley became one of the most dominant professional football players in the history of the NFL at the defensive end position. During his career with the Redskins, Manley won two Super Bowl titles, was a Pro Bowler in 1986 when he recorded 18.5 sacks, was All-Pro Defensive Lineman of the year in 1986, has been nominated for the NFL Pro-Football Hall of Fame in every year since 1996, and he is the Redskins All-Time sack leader. Manley is in the Redskins Ring of Honor and he is one of the organizations Seventy Greatest Players. After ten years with the Washington Redskins Manley played one year for the Phoenix Cardinals and one year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Officially, Manley has 97.5 quarterback sacks in his career. His total rises to 103.5 when the 6.5 sacks he had his rookie year of 1981(when sacks were not yet an official statistic) are included. After his career in the United States ended, he revealed that he was functionally illiterate, despite having studied at Oklahoma State University for four years. He sacked illiteracy when he successfully completed all of the reading courses at the Washington Lab School, one of the leading schools for children and adults with learning disabilities. Upon completion of theWashington Lab School Manley testified before Congress about his educational journey.
Presently, Manley's mission is to bring forth positive life transformation and direction for America's children, youth and families through Literacy Programs, Parent Education and Substance and Drug Abuse Prevention.