Derrick Strait (Derrick Strait) was born on August 27, 1980. He went to high school at Lanier (Austin, TX).
Strait attended the University of Oklahoma.Strait started at cornerback all four years at Oklahoma. He is a two-time All-American, a recipient of the 2003 Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the 2003 Jim Thorpe Award his senior season. His five fumble recoveries in a season still stands as a team record.
In two years as a backup defensive back with the Jets, he played in 20 games and record 56 tackles.
In 2006, he spent time on the rosters of Tampa Bay, Chicago and Carolina where he saw action in eight games, registering 13 tackles with the Panthers.
He signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Eskimos in March.