Mathews on a 1952 Bowman football card
|No. 44, 25|
|Date of birth:||February 26, 1929|
|Place of birth:||Dayton, Pennsylvania|
|Date of death:||December 20, 2015(aged 86)|
|Place of death:||Mercer, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||McKeesport (PA) Area|
|NFL Draft:||1951 / Round: 7 / Pick: 81|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Raymond Dyral Mathews (February 26, 1929 – December 20, 2015) was an American football halfback and end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football for Clemson University.
In 1978, he was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mathews was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round (81st overall) of the 1951 NFL Draft. He was mostly a backup to running back Fran Rogel. Because of his speed, he was switched to wide receiver in 1956. He was also used as a kickoff and punt returner.
He was the team's leading rusher in 1952, with 315 yards on 66 carries. He led the team in receiving in three straight seasons (1954-1956). He finished his Steelers career after appearing in 108 games with 230 receptions for 3,919 yards and 34 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,057 yards and five touchdowns on 300 carries. He also held the franchise records for longest reception (78 yards) and most touchdowns in a game (4). In 2007, he was named to the Pittsburgh Steelers Legends team.
Mathews was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft. He was the team captain for the first game in franchise history. He appeared in 6 games as a reserve player, while reuniting with former college teammate Fred Cone.
After retiring as a player, he was a high school coach for five seasons at Braddock, Pennsylvania, an assistant coach for the Washington Redskins and the Calgary Stampeders. On December 20, 2015, he died of complications from dementia.
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