Former Cowboys guard Derrick Dockery has returned to Washington, D.C. where he played the first four seasons of his NFL career for the Washington Redskins. But this time Dockery is tackling politics on Capitol Hill as member of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s staff.
Dockery interned for Ryan in 2012 on Ryan’s budget committee. Later, Dockery worked for Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R- Utah).
Dockery’s new job is to help House Speaker Ryan (R-Wisconsin) build coalitions with state and local governments as well as the business community, reports Jake Sherman for politico.com. Dockery earned an MBA from George Washington University which is located in Washington, D.C.
Dockery played two seasons for the Cowboys (2011-2012) but has extensive ties to North Texas. The Garland, Texas native graduated from Garland’s Lakeview Centennial High School in 1999, then went on to star in college at the University of Texas. After earning consensus All-America honors in 2002, he was selected in the 3rd round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Redskins.
After playing four seasons in Washington, Dockery signed a lucrative deal as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills. He played two seasons for the Bills before returning to the Redskins for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He signed with the Cowboys and returned home to North Texas in 2011. He retired following his second and final season with the Cowboys. Altogether, Dockery played 10 NFL seasons.