Ray Callahan

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Ray Callahan
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1933-04-28) April 28, 1933 (age 83)
Loretta, Kentucky
Playing career
1953–1956 Kentucky
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1962–1965 Kentucky (assistant)
1966–1967 Cincinnati (assistant)
1968–1972 Cincinnati
1973 Baltimore Colts (LB)
1974 Florida Blazers
1975–1977 Chicago Bears (OL)
1978–1980 Washington Redskins (OL)
1981–1982 Houston Oilers (DL)
1983–1989 New York Jets (DL)
Head coaching record
Overall 20–23

Ray Callahan (born April 28, 1933) is a former American football player and coach. He was recruited by Coach Paul Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky in 1953 under a full scholarship. Coach Bryant mentored him often taking him fishing and along on other recruiting trips to convince players to come to U.K. to play. He later coached for his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1963 to 1966. He then moved to University of Cincinnati as an assistant coach for 2 years before becoming the head football coach from 1969 to 1972, compiling a record of 20–23. His first pro team was in 1973 with the Baltimore Colts as a linebacker coach under former teammate Howard Schnellenberger. Callahan then took a chance with the World Football League Florida Blazers with Jack Pardee. The Blazers made it to the World Bowl losing to the Birmingham Americans by 1 point but with controversy in the officiating. Coach Callahan then bolted back to the NFL with the Chicago Bears as the offensive line coach in front of Walter Peyton for his first 3 years as a player. The Washington Redskins was his next stop for 3 years of offensive line coach again with Jack Pardee at the helm. Callahan then headed south to Texas with the Houston Oilers as the defensive line coach for 2 years. Joe Walton then called upon Ray Callahan to lead up the defensive line "sack attack" consisting of Barry Bennett, Marty Lyons, Joe Klecko, Mark Gastineau, of the New York Jets for the next 7 years. Callahan is now retired living in Bracey, Va on Lake Gaston enjoying lake life with his high school sweetheart wife Essie "Lee" Dorsey. He has a son, Kenneth Ray Callahan, Jr; 3 daughters, Karen Lee Callahan, Terri Lynn Caravousanos, Toni Kay Callahan; 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Cincinnati Bearcats (Missouri Valley Conference) (1969)
1969 Cincinnati 4–6 2–3 T–3rd
Cincinnati Bearcats (NCAA University Division independent) (1970–1972)
1970 Cincinnati 7–4
1971 Cincinnati 7–4
1972 Cincinnati 2–9
Cincinnati: 20–23 2–3
Total: 20–23


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