Ray Perkins (wide receiver)

Ray Perkins (wide receiver)

NFL PlayerCoach
Name=Ray Perkins

DateOfBirth= birth date and age|1941|02|06
Birthplace= Mount Olive, Mississippi
Position= Wide receiver
College= Alabama
DraftedYear= 1966
DraftedRound= 7
Honors=Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (1990)
Retired #s=
DatabaseFootball= PERKIRAY01
coachingteams=Mississippi State (Assistant)
New England Patriots (Assistant)
San Diego Chargers (OC)
New York Giants (HC)
Alabama (HC)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (HC)
Arkansas State (HC)
New England Patriots (OC)
Oakland Raiders (OC)
Cleveland Browns (Tight ends coach)
teams=Baltimore Colts

Walter Ray Perkins (born December 6, 1941 in Mount Olive, Mississippi) is a former American football wide receiver and coach at both the collegiate and professional levels.

Playing career

Perkins attended the University of Alabama, playing football 1964-1966. He played for the legendary coach Bear Bryant and was a teammate of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath. The Crimson Tide won national championships in both 1964 and 1965, and Southeastern Conference championships in 1964, 1965, and 1966. During his senior year, he was named team captain. He was also selected as an All-American.

He played for the National Football League's Baltimore Colts as a wide receiver from 1967-1971. Perkins caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas in the 1970 AFC Championship game to lead the Colts to a 27-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders and a berth in Super Bowl V.

Coaching career

He coached in the NFL as an assistant for the New England Patriots (1973-1977) and San Diego Chargers (1978) before becoming head coach of the New York Giants from 1979-1982, helping to build the team that his successor, Bill Parcells, won the Super Bowl with in 1986. Perkins hired future NFL head coaches Parcells, Bill Belichick and Romeo Crennel as young assistants.

Perkins became head coach at his alma mater, the University of Alabama, for four years from 1983-1986, compiling a record of 32-15-1 and winning three bowl games, but the other season had a losing record. It was the first losing season at Alabama "since Hector was a pup". He has the distinction of being the only head coach to lead Alabama to a victory over the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. There was controversy from unsatisfied boosters and alumni at Alabama, and a lucrative contract offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers led Perkins to leave Alabama for a second chance in the NFL after the 1986 Alabama season.

Perkins served as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1987-1990. Some of his former college players got a chance to play for him in the NFL: QB Mike Shula, Kurt Jarvis, and linebacker Keith McCants. His career coaching record in the NFL was 42-75-0. He was fired mid-way through the 1990 season, and replaced by Richard Williamson. Williamson, like Perkins, was an Alabama alumnus. Perkins returned to college coaching at Arkansas State University in 1992. After just one year, Perkins became the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, serving under Bill Parcells from 1993-1996. He also spent 1997 with the Oakland Raiders as an offensive coordinator.


In 1992, a former Alabama player Gene Jelks, who had been recruited by Perkins, publicly accused Alabama coaches and boosters of providing him with illegal cash payments and other inducements during his recruitment and years at Alabama (Jelks played from 1985-1989). Jelks's charges resulted in an National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) investigation of the Alabama football program, and the program was put on probation in 1995. Perkins's former assistant coach Jerry Pullen sued Jelks for slander, but he lost that case and two subsequent appeals, including an appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court.


* 1966 SEC Player of the Year
* First Team All-American, Wide Receiver, 1966
* Inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 1990
* He was elected to the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005


Ray Perkins's teammate on the 1970 Colts team was Bill Curry, who played center. Curry would replace Perkins as the head coach at Alabama.

Ray Perkins's coached Mike Shula at Alabama, and also for one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Shula was later hired as an assistant coach of the Buccaneers (1996-99). Shula became a successor of Perkins's at Alabama as the head football coach there in 2003-06.

Perkins was the first offensive coordinator for Don Coryell during Coryell's tenure with the San Diego Chargers. His replacement was Joe Gibbs.

ee also

*History of the New York Giants (1979-1993)
*New England Patriots Strategy

External links

* [http://woodsandwateroutdoorshow.com/perkins.htm Orange Beach Golfing Pics]

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