BEREA, Ohio - On February 11, 2014, Ray Farmer became the first African-American general manager for the Cleveland Browns. Born in 1974 in White Plains, New York, Farmer is no stranger to football. He played safety at Duke University and was all ACC twice leading the team in tackles.
He graduated from Duke with a degree in sociology and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 1996 draft. He played as an Eagle for three seasons as a linebacker until a knee injury brought an end to his gridiron career.
Farmer is familiar with working in the front office for an NFL team. Prior to his promotion as GM for the Browns he held down the Assistant GM position with the organization. He was Director of Pro Personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs and a scout for the Atlanta Falcons.
From 1998 to 2000 Farmer worked in television and radio.