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|Date of birth:February 4, 1948|
|Place of birth: Yuma, Arizona|
|Date of death: January 13, 2006(aged 57)|
|Place of death: Huntington Beach, California|
|High school: Yuma High School|
|NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 8 / Pick: 206
(By the Dallas Cowboys)
|Debuted in 1971 for the Detroit Lions|
|Last played in 1981 for the Buffalo Bills|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
Ron Ray Jessie (February 4, 1948 - January 13, 2006) was a professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League from 1971 through 1981. His best season came in 1976 with the Los Angeles Rams, when he was named to the Pro Bowl.
Jessie received a scholarship to the University of Kansas where he also practiced both sports. He was a part of the national championship track team in 1969, winning the NCAA indoor long jump champion and receiving All-American honors.
On April 8, 1974, he signed with the Birmingham Americans of the World Football League, but the team folded before he could report. He finished the season ranked as the sixth leading wide receiver in the NFL.
The courts ruled in favor of the National Football League Players Association and a new form of free agency was briefly instituted in 1975. After playing out his contract, he was signed by the Los Angeles Rams, but then commissioner Pete Rozelle mandated the team to send the Lions their number one draft choice along with Cullen Bryant as compensation. Bryant filed for a temporary restraining order from the courts and would never play for the Lions.
Los Angeles Rams
His best season was in 1976, when he was voted to the Pro Bowl after registering 34 receptions for 779 yards and 6 touchdowns. The next year he was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a knee injury against the San Francisco 49ers.
In 1979, he was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a broken leg against the New Orleans Saints, that also prevented him from playing in the 31-19 Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jesse was used in a reserve role during his 2 years with the Buffalo Bills.