Ray Jacobs

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Ray Jacobs
No. 83, 84, 87
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1939-11-21) November 21, 1939 (age 76)
Place of birth: Corsicana, Texas
Career information
College: Howard Payne University
NFL draft: 1962 / Round: 17 / Pick: 228
(By the Dallas Cowboys)
AFL draft: 1962 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
(By the Houston Oilers)
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 3x All-LSC (1959, 1960, 1961)
  • 2x Little All-American (1960, 1961)
  • Second-team All-AFL (1964, 1965)
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 79
Games started: 25
Fumble recoveries: 2
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Herschel Ray Jacobs (born November 21, 1938) is a former professional American football defensive tackle in the American Football League.

After playing college football at Howard Payne, he was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the first round (7th overall) of the 1962 AFL draft and drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 17th round (228th overall) of the 1962 NFL draft. He played seven seasons for the Denver Broncos (1963–1966), the Miami Dolphins (1967–1968), and the Boston Patriots (1969).

Early years[edit]

Jacobs attended Navarro College before transferring to Howard Payne University,[1] where he played offensive tackle and defensive tackle. He was a two-time Little All-American and a three-time All-Texas Conference football player.

In 2005, he was inducted into the Howard Payne University Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Houston Oilers[edit]

Jacobs was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the first round of the 1962 AFL Draft and was also selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventeenth round of the 1962 NFL Draft. Although he signed contracts with both teams, he chose to report to the Oilers training camp.[2]

Besides playing defensive end, he also was tried as a placekicker.[3] He was waived in 1963.[4]

Denver Broncos[edit]

The Denver Broncos claimed him in 1963.[5] He was used as a defensive end before switching to defensive tackle and was a two-time second-team All-AFL.

On May 4, 1967, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for tight end Bill Cronin.[6]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

In 1968 he led the team with 107 tackles.

Boston Patriots[edit]

He was injured in December 1969 playing against the Houston Oilers and was not re-signed the next year.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Jacobs later became a high school football coach.


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