Ray Bray was born in Caspian Michigan and attended Norway-Vulcan High School in Norway Michigan. He went to Western Michigan University. He played guard for the Bears from 1939-1951, except for the 1943-1945 World War II seasons when he served in the Navy. The 6-foot, 235 pound guard was an early advocate of weight training for football players. He was said to be the strongest man in Michigan. He was a Bears lineman that learned from one of the greatest line coaches in NFL history, Hunk Anderson (Notre Dame Chicago Bears and “Hunk.”) Bray was rated in a 1987 Chicago Tribune poll of experts to be the most outstanding Bears’ guard of all time and he is often mentioned as someone who should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bray was on the Bears’ Championship Teams of 1940, 1941, and 1946.
Bray was named to the 100 Greatest Bears of All Time.
PAPA BEAR AND THE CHICAGO BEARS’ WINNING WAYS reviews the exciting story of George Halas and his dynamic role in professional football for those in middle school and older. Author: Patrick McCaskey.
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