American Football Database
Tay Cody
No. 27     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-10-06) October 6, 1977 (age 44)
Place of birth: Colquitt, Georgia
High School: Blakely (GA) Early Co.
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 3 / Pick: 67
Debuted in 2001 for the San Diego Chargers
Last played in 2008 for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career history
* San Diego Chargers ( 2001 2003)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (2000)
  • First-team All-ACC (2000)
Games played     19
Games started     11
Tackles     66
Interceptions     2
Fumbles recovered     1
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Coronta "Tay" Cody (born October 6, 1977) is a former American college and professional football who was a defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL) for six seasons. He played college football for Florida State University, and was a consensus All-American. He was picked by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft, and he also played professionally for the Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.

Early years

Cody was born in Colquitt, Georgia.[1] He attended Early County High School in Blakely, Georgia, and he played for the Early County high school football team. He was listed among the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Super Southern 100" as a senior defensive back. He was regarded as one of Georgia's top 50 prospects and received one of the higher grades from Jeff Whitaker's Deep South Football. He was considered the 12th-best defensive back in the country by Super Prep. He recorded 10 interceptions over his final two seasons. He totaled 70 tackles as a senior.

College career

Cody attended Florida State University, and played for coach Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles football team from 1996 to 2000. He was redshirted as a true freshman in 1996. He was appeared in seven of the Seminoles' 11 games during their BCS National Championship season in 1999, and earned honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. As a senior in 2000, he was a first-team All-ACC selection and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American as a defensive back.[2]

Professional career

The San Diego Chargers selected Cody in the third round (67th overall pick) of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played four seasons for the Chargers (2001–2003). He joined the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos for one season (2005). He finished his career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2006–2008).

Cody currently coaches football at Bay High School in Panama City, Florida. He is the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach and has been there for several years (as of June 2011).


  1. Tay Cody at Database Football
  2. 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.