Mel Gray (wide receiver)

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This page refers to the St. Louis Cardinals wide receiver. For the kick returner, see Mel Gray.
Mel Gray
No. 85
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1948-09-28) September 28, 1948 (age 71)
Fresno, California
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:172 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High school:Montgomery
(Santa Rosa, California)
NFL Draft:1971 / Round: 6 / Pick: 147
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:6,644
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Melvin Dean Gray (born September 28, 1948) is a former National Football League wide receiver for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1971 to 1982. He attended Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, California,[1] the football standout was also a track and field star. While winning the 100-yard dash at the 1967 CIF California State Meet, Gray set not only the meet record but the National High School record of 9.4 in the event at the time. His meet record lasted until 1979. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Missouri and played in the 1970 Orange Bowl.

In the 1971 NFL Draft, Gray was a sixth-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals and was selected to four straight Pro Bowls (1974–1977). He caught passes in 121 consecutive games between 1973 and 1982.[2]


  1. ^ Mel Gray Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine, database Football. Accessed March 21, 2012.
  2. ^ The New York Times, Dec. 7, 1982."Mel Gray to retire". Accessed March 21, 2012.

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