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|Date of birth:||February 4, 1948|
|Place of birth:||Yuma, Arizona|
|Date of death:||January 13, 2006(aged 57)|
|Place of death:||Huntington Beach, California|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||Yuma (AZ)|
|NFL Draft:||1971 / Round: 8 / Pick: 206|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Ron Ray Jessie (February 4, 1948 - January 13, 2006) was a professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills. His best season came in 1976 with the Los Angeles Rams, when he was named to the Pro Bowl. He played college football at the University of Kansas.
Jessie received a scholarship from the University of Kansas where he also practiced both sports. He was a part of the school's national championship track team in 1969, while winning the NCAA indoor long jump championship and receiving All-American honors. He also practiced high jump and the high hurdles.
In football, he played running back in the same backfield with John Riggins and was also used as a split end. He finished with 33 receptions for 644 yards, more than 1,500 total yards in offense and 5 touchdowns. In 1970, he set a school record with 494 kickoff return yards.
Jessie was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the eighth round (206th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft. On July 27, 1971, he was traded to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a fourth-round draft choice (#93-Chuck Zapiec).
On April 8, 1974, he signed with the Birmingham Americans of the World Football League, but the team folded before he could report. He finished the season ranked as the sixth leading wide receiver in the NFL with 761 yards and fourth in receptions (54).
The courts ruled in favor of the National Football League Players Association and a new form of free agency was briefly instituted in 1975. After playing out his contract, he was signed by the Los Angeles Rams, but then commissioner Pete Rozelle mandated the team to send the Lions their number one draft choice along with Cullen Bryant as compensation. Bryant filed for a temporary restraining order from the courts and would never play for the Lions. The Lions eventually traded the Rams first round draft choice to the Chicago Bears, in exchange for their first (James Hunter) and third round pick (Russ Bolinger).
Los Angeles Rams
His best season was in 1976, when he was voted to the Pro Bowl after registering 34 receptions for 779 yards and 6 touchdowns. The next year, he was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a knee injury against the San Francisco 49ers.
In 1979, he was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a broken leg against the New Orleans Saints, that also prevented him from playing in the 31-19 Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jesse was used in a reserve role during his 2 years with the Buffalo Bills.
- "Huddler Jessie Joins Jayhawks For Grid Drills". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Current IVC Hall-of-Fame Members". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Chargers trade Post to Denver". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Lions Lose Jessie To Birmingham Club". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Rams sign Ron Jessie". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Just before retirement, Rozelle reflects". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Lions, Rozelle Rule Cut Down by Judge". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Rams still not happy after win". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Transactions". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Bills get Ron Jessie from Rams". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Former Rams receiver Ron Jessie dies". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Colts Call A Late Timeout On Deal To Sign Cowboy". Retrieved September 24, 2016.