Ray Bentley

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Ray Bentley
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-11-25) November 25, 1960 (age 56)
Place of birth: Grand Rapids, MI
Career information
College: Central Michigan
Career history

Ray Russell Bentley (born November 25, 1960) is a former professional American football linebacker, broadcaster, and author.


Playing career[edit]

Bentley's first three years in professional football were spent with the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League.

He later joined the Buffalo Bills, and played six seasons with the team, including their first two Super Bowl years in the 1990s.[1] Bentley's career ended with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1992.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Bentley worked as part of the The NFL on Fox broadcast team for four years from 1998 to 2001, doing both color commentary and play-by-play.[1] He left Fox for a position as head coach and general manager of the Arena Football League's Buffalo Destroyers, and held that position for two years before resigning.

From 2003 to 2006, Bentley was a color commentator alongside play-by-play man Bob Papa on NBC's Arena Football League coverage,[1] and since 2006 has served in that capacity for ESPN/ABC. In 2007, Bentley returned to the Buffalo Bills as a play-by-play announcer for their preseason television games, a role he still serves. He is also an advisory member for the revival of the USFL.

From 2009 to present, Bentley is a radio personality on 107.3 in Grand Rapids MI. Ray is currently a defensive coordinator for the high school team Byron Center Bulldogs.


Bentley is the author of a series of children's books about the character of Darby the Dinosaur.[2] In 2015, Bentley authored the fictional novel Driftwood[3] which draws extensively from his experiences in football.


  1. ^ a b c "Ray Bentley ESPN MediaZone". ESPN. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  2. ^ "BILLS' BENTLEY GIVING DARBY THE DINOSAUR A `SUPER' SPOTLIGHT". Deseret News. 27 January 1991. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Bentley, Ray (2015-06-24). Driftwood. Five Count Publishing LLC.