Raymond Philyaw

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Raymond Philyaw
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-07-30) July 30, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth: Shreveport, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Caddo Parish (LA) Southwood
College: Northeast Louisiana
Undrafted: 1997
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • ULM Hall of Fame Inductee (2009)
Career Arena statistics
Completions: 2,230
Attempts: 3,397
Yards: 26,562
Touchdowns: 507
Interceptions: 59
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Raymond 'Ray' Philyaw (born July 30, 1974) is a former arena football quarterback who was most recently the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League (AFL). He also played for the Cleveland Gladiators Chicago Rush, Kansas City Brigade, Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings and the Albany/Indiana Firebirds, leading the former to the American Conference championship game in 2004 and 2005. Prior to his Arena Football career, he played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and the Madison Mad Dogs of the Indoor Football League. After leaving to coach with the New Orleans VooDoo in 2011, he attempted a return as a player in 2012 with the San Jose SaberCats, but later became OC for the San Antonio Talons. He holds the record for the highest career TD-to-INT ratio in AFL history and threw a school record 52 TDs while attending Northeast Louisiana.

Early life[edit]

Philyaw attended Southwood High School in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. While there, he participated in football, basketball and track & field, winning a district championship his senior year in both football and basketball.[1]

College career[edit]

Philyaw attended Northeast Louisiana University, where he continued his football career. Philyaw started his sophomore through senior seasons for the Indians. At the completion of his career in 1996, Philyaw's 52 career touchdown passes stood as a school record until Steven Jyles broke his record in 2005.[2] In 2009, Philyaw was inducted into the ULM Athletics Hall of Fame.[3]


Philyaw's college stats at the completion of the 1996 season. Source:[4]

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Northeast Louisiana Indians
Season Team Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
1993 Northeast Louisiana -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1994 Northeast Louisiana 131.2 243 131 53.9 1,893 13 7 64 95 2 1 25 0
1995 Northeast Louisiana 139.5 320 167 52.2 2,627 22 7 49 -43 0 0 0 0
1996 Northeast Louisiana 118.3 351 173 49.3 2,445 16 8 68 -86 3 0 0 0
Totals 129.1 914 471 51.5 6,965 52 22 181 -34 5 1 25 0

Professional career[edit]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

Madison Mad Dogs[edit]

Albany/Indiana Firebirds[edit]

Chicago Rush[edit]

With the Chicago Rush in 2004, Philyaw lead the Rush to the conference semi-finals, but when he suffered an ACL injury, the Rush lost momentum and fell to the San Jose SaberCats.[5]

Kansas City Brigade[edit]

In 2006, Philyaw signed with expansion Kansas City Brigade, after the Brigade released veteran Andy Kelly.[6]

Cleveland Gladiators[edit]

In 2008, Philyaw lead the Cleveland Gladiators to the National Conference finals.[7] The Gladiators lost the game 35-70 to the champion Philadelphia Soul.

Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings[edit]

San Jose SaberCats[edit]

In 2012, Philyaw attempted a comeback with the San Jose SaberCats, but never made the roster.[8]

Coaching career[edit]

New Orleans VooDoo[edit]

In 2011, Philyaw was hired by the New Orleans VooDoo as the team's offensive coordinator.[9]

San Antonio Talons[edit]

In 2013, Philyaw as hired as the San Antonio Talons' offensive coordinator. Philyaw dealt with injuries during the year, starting 5 different quarterbacks in the first 7 weeks of the season.[10] The Talons did not find an ownership group for the 2015 season, and the franchise was placed on suspension, leaving Philyaw jobless.


  1. ^ "AFL Q&A: Raymond Philyaw". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 19, 2004. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "ULM Warhawks football records" (PDF). www.ulmathletics.com. ULM. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ [http://www.ulmwarhawks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=19000&ATCLID=3724656 "Hall of Fame Inductee Raymond Philyaw � One of ULM�s Great Quarterbacks"]. www.ulmwarhawks.com. ULM Athletics. April 20, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2013.  replacement character in |title= at position 39 (help)
  4. ^ "Raymond Philyaw Statistics". www.sports-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ Dave Payne (June 13, 2004). "QB injury seals Rush's fate". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Brigade Signs AFL Veteran QB Raymond Philyaw". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 6, 2006. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Former ULM Quarterback Raymond Philyaw Leads Cleveland Gladiators into AFL Conference Title Game". www.ulmwarhawks.com. University of Louisiana-Monroe. July 11, 2008. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Eric R. Ivie (February 22, 2012). "Raymond Philyaw Returns to Arena Football with SaberCats: Fan Take". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "New Orleans VooDoo hires Raymond Philyaw as offensive coordinator". www.nola.com. NOLA Media Group. March 31, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ Richard Oliver (May 11, 2013). "Talons' Hill ready to tough out injury". www.expressnews.com. San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 

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