Ray Jacobs
No. 83, 84, 87
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1939-11-21) November 21, 1939 (age 84)
Corsicana, Texas, U.S.
Died:November 15, 2021
Career information
High school:Corsicana
(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
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Herschel Ray Jacobs (born November 21, 1938) is a former professional American football defensive tackle in the American Football League (AFL) for the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Boston Patriots. He played college football at Howard Payne University.

Early years

Jacobs attended Corsicana High School, before moving on to Navarro Junior 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, Jacobs was inducted into the Howard Payne University Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted to the Navarro College athletic hall of fame in 2021.[2]

Professional career

Houston Oilers

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.[3]

Besides playing defensive end, he also was tried as a placekicker. He was waived on August 19, 1963.

Denver Broncos

On October 29, 1963, he was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos.[4] 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.

Miami Dolphins

In 1968, although he was limited during the season with multiple injuries,[5] he led the Miami Dolphins with 107 tackles. On March 4, 1969, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice (not exercised).[6]

Oakland Raiders

Jacobs was released before the start of the season on September 9, 1969.

Buffalo Bills

In September 1969, he was signed by the Buffalo Bills to their development squad. On October 21, he was traded to the Boston Patriots in exchange for an eighth round draft choice (#183-Louis Ross).[7]

Boston Patriots

In 1969, he played in 8 contests. He recovered two fumbles in the seventh game against the New York Jets. He was injured in the last game of the season against the Houston Oilers, suffering disc damage on his back and could not report to training camp the next year, forcing the team to cut ties with him.[8]

Personal life

Jacobs later became a football coach at Mabank High School. He had 8 knee operations during his professional career.


  1. ^ "Jacobs honored on retirement". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Class of 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees". navarrobulldogs.com. Navarro College Athletics. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  3. ^ "Latest Bargain Back Big Hit For Baltimore". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Injuries Plag Pro 11's". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Ailing Dolphins await a raid by the Raiders". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Jacobs to Oakland". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Ray Jacobs newest member of the Boston Patriots". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "Former Tackle Sues Pats For $21,500". Retrieved February 19, 2017.