Ray Schoenke

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Ray Schoenke
No. 65, 62
Personal information
Date of birth: (1941-09-10) September 10, 1941 (age 73)
Place of birth: Wahiawa, Hawaii
Career information
College: Southern Methodist
NFL Draft: 1963 / Round: 11 / Pick: 146
AFL Draft: 1963 / Round: 10 / Pick: 73
(by the Oakland Raiders)
Debuted in 1963
Last played in 1975
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played 145
Games started 74
Fumble recoveries 5
Stats at NFL.com

Raymond Frederick Schoenke (born September 10, 1941 in Wahiawa, Hawaii) is a former American football player in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. He was the founding President of the American Hunters and Shooters Association.

Early life[edit]

Born in Hawaii, his family moved to Texas, where he was an all-state lineman for Weatherford High School. He accepted a scholarship to play for Southern Methodist University where he received Academic All-American honors.

Professional career[edit]

Schoenke was drafted in the eleventh round of the 1963 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He was waived injured from the team on August 8, 1965.[1] In 1966 after being out of football for a year, he signed as a free agent with the Green Bay Packers, who traded him to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a draft choice.[2] He was released by the Browns in the last cuts of the pre-season and was signed to the taxi squad of the Washington Redskins.[3]

In 1987, he was selected for the "50th Anniversary Greatest Redskins Team.” In 2002, Schoenke was picked as one of the top 100 players in the history of the Redskins. Ray graduated from Weatherford (Tx.) High School where he was an all state lineman with the Kangaroos . An All-American and Academic All-American at Southern Methodist University, Schoenke was also named to SMU's 75th Anniversary All Time Football Team. He also received the Silver Anniversary Mustang Award from the SMU Letterman’s Association.

Personal life[edit]

Schoenke is part native Hawaiian and the son of Raymond "Snowshoes" Schoenke Sr., member of the U.S. Army’s Schofield Barracks Oahu, Hawaii, 3rd Engineering Corp baseball and basketball teams in the 1920s and 30s; and Olivia Alapa a native Hawaiian.

He founded the national insurance brokerage firm, Schoenke & Associates. In 1998, his company was purchased by Clark Consulting Inc.

Schoenke was a political activist and a member of the transition team of Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich. He also served on several boards and commissions a few being Kamehameha Schools Advisory Board of Honolulu, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Caucus, and the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Gun Violence. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Army to help in the transition of the Civilian Marksmanship Program to a private non-profit corporation. He was awarded the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation "Kennedy Family Award" for his role in the formation of the Special Olympics and his work with the mentally challenged.[4]

He was a candidate for Governor of Maryland in 1998.[5]


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