|Position:||Administrative Assistant, Defense|
Ronnie Bradford spent one season with Cal football in 2010 as an administrative assistant on the defensive side of the ball. The Cal defense led the Pac-10 and ranked in the top 25 nationally in per-game averages for sacks (2.83 spg, No. 13), total defense (319.08 ypg, No. 18) and pass defense (187.00 ypg, No. 21) during his one season with the program. Cal was also second in the conference in opponents' third down conversion percentage (34.7%). The team's pass efficiency defense and scoring defense, which held opponents to 17 points or less in eight of 12 games, were both third in the Pac-10, as well as 31st and 40th nationally. Cal was significantly better in all the above categories compared to 2009 when the Bears were seventh in the Pac-10 and No. 72 nationally in total defense (378.85 ypg). Cal was fifth in the Pac-10 and 35th nationally in rushing defense in 2010.
Bradford was a defensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009 under Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. He was previously with the Denver Broncos for six seasons from 2003-08, where he served in a variety of capacities both on defense and special teams. In his final year in Denver in 2008, Bradford coached the team's defensive backs, mentoring a group that featured nine-time Pro Bowl and three-time first-team All-Pro selection CB Champ Bailey, and two-time Pro Bowl pick Dré Bly. He spent the 2004-06 campaigns as Denver's special teams coach and was the club's assistant special teams coach in 2003. Over that four-year span, the Broncos qualified for the postseason on three different occasions, including the 2005 campaign when Denver reached the AFC Championship Game. During that same four-year time frame, PK Jason Elam ranked third in the NFL in both made FGs (107) and points scored (479).
Bradford also played for 10 seasons in the NFL with Denver (1993-95), Arizona (1996), Atlanta (1997-2001) and Minnesota (2002). He was a member of the Falcons' squad that claimed the 1998 NFC title and advanced to Super Bowl XXXIII, where he registered an interception off Broncos' QB John Elway. Bradford played in 133 regular season NFL games, accumulating 523 tackles, 13 interceptions that he returned for 65 yards and one TD, 2.0 sacks (-19 yards), 70 passes defended, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was a two-year starter and four-year letterwinner in college at Colorado and was a first-team All-Big 8 selection as a senior in 1992. As a sophomore, he helped guide the Buffaloes to an appearance in the National Championship Game vs. Notre Dame, where he blocked a PAT attempt in the final minutes to preserve a 10-9 victory at the Orange Bowl.
"This is going to be my first experience as a member of a football staff at the college level, and I'm excited to be here," said Bradford upon the announcement of his hiring on March 13, 2010. "There are so many different aspects of the college game compared to the NFL game. You get a chance to kind of mold the kids at this level, not just athletically but academically, and prepare them for the next step in life. That's what I'm really looking forward to."
"I'm also looking forward to working for coach Tedford," added Bradford. "He has brought back the tradition of winning to Cal football that I'm sure a number of Bay Area alumni and fans have come to appreciate."
LAST UPDATED: February 17, 2011