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 77)
Place of birth: Corsicana, Texas
Career information
High school: Corsicana (TX)
College: Howard Payne
NFL Draft: 1962 / Round: 17 / Pick: 228
AFL draft: 1962 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 79
Games started: 25
Fumble recoveries: 2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Herschel Ray Jacobs (born November 21, 1938) is a former professional American football defensive tackle in the American Football League. He played seven seasons for the Denver Broncos (1963–1966), the Miami Dolphins (1967–1968), and the Boston Patriots (1969). He played college football for Howard Payne University.

Early years[edit]

Jacobs attended Corsicana High School, before moving on to Navarro College. After his freshman season he transferred to Howard Payne University,[1] where he played offensive tackle and defensive tackle. He was a two-time NAIA All-American and a three-time Lone Star Conference selection.

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

Professional career[edit]

Houston Oilers[edit]

Jacobs was selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (7th overall) of the 1962 AFL Draft and was also selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventeenth round (228th overall) 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 on August 19, 1963.[4]

Denver Broncos[edit]

On October 29, 1963, he was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos.[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, although he started the season limited with a leg injury,[7] he led the Miami Dolphins with 107 tackles. On March 4, 1969, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a draft choice.[8]

Boston Patriots[edit]

He was injured in December 1969 playing against the Houston Oilers and was not re-signed the next year.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Jacobs later became a high school football coach.


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