Ray Mallouf
No. 78, 22
Position:Quarterback, punter
Personal information
Born:(1918-07-11)July 11, 1918
Sayre, Oklahoma, U.S.[1]
Died:June 6, 2008(2008-06-06) (aged 89)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school:Sayre High School (Sayre, OK)
NFL draft:1941 / Round: 10 / Pick: 83
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:325
Pass completions:159
Passing yards:2,504
Passer rating:75.0
Player stats at PFR

Raymond Lucian Mallouf[a] (July 11, 1918 – June 6, 2008)[2] was an American football quarterback and punter who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). He played four seasons for the Chicago Cardinals, interrupted by World War II, and one season with the New York Giants.


Mallouf played college football for the SMU Mustangs, where he was nicknamed the "slinging Syrian".[3] He was drafted in the 10th round of the 1941 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals.[4]

After playing for the Cardinals in 1941, Mallouf missed the 1942 through 1945 seasons due to his service in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, he resumed his career with the Cardinals in the 1946 season. Mallouf was a member of the 1947 Chicago Cardinals, winners of the 1947 NFL Championship Game over the Philadelphia Eagles. The following season, he was the Cardinals' starting quarterback in the 1948 NFL Championship Game due to a wrist injury to Paul Christman against the Bears in the regular season finale. The championship game, played in blizzard conditions, saw the Cardinals lose, 7–0, in a rematch with the Eagles. He went 3-for-7 for 38 yards, which actually made him the leading passer in the whole game (his teammate Charley Trippi and Charley Eikenberg each threw four incompletions, one of which resulted in an interception). Mallouf also punted eight times. An attempted handoff by Mallouf to Elmer Angsman resulted in a fumble recovered by the Eagles (Frank Kilroy) that led to the only score of the game in the fourth quarter.[5][6] Mallouf was the last Cardinal to start a playoff game until Jim Hart in 1974 and the last to start a championship game until Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. In September 1949, the Cardinals traded Mallouf to the New York Giants for a player to be named later.[7] He completed his NFL career that season, with the Giants. After being released by he Giants in January 1950,[8] Mallouf was selected by the Green Bay Packers late in the 1950 NFL Draft[9]—allowed under draft rules at the time—but never played for the Packers.

Mallouf was the first quarterback in NFL history to achieve a perfect passer rating of 158.3, which he achieved on October 17, 1948,[b] when he led the Cardinals to a 63–35 victory over the Giants.[10][11] He completed 14 of 18 passes, totaling 252 yards, along with four touchdowns and no interceptions.[12]

See also


  1. ^ Mallouf's draft registration card of October 1940, which he signed, indicated that he did not have a middle name.[1]
  2. ^ The NFL's passer rating formula was not created until the 1970s, but has been retroactively applied to earlier games.


  1. ^ a b "Draft Registration Card". Selective Service System. October 1940. Retrieved December 18, 2023 – via fold3.com.
  2. ^ "US Social Security Death Index". Social Security Administration. Retrieved December 18, 2023 – via fold3.com.
  3. ^ McLemore, Henry (November 10, 1940). "Kimbrough Is Too Much For S.M.U." Winston-Salem Journal. UP. p. 38. Retrieved December 19, 2023 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "1941 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 31, 2023.
  5. ^ https://www.profootballresearchers.org/articles/1948_NFL_Championship.pdf
  6. ^ Robinson, Sam (May 5, 2023). "The NFL's Bizarre 'Blizzard Bowl' and the Star Who Nearly Missed It". History. Retrieved December 18, 2023.
  7. ^ "2 Quarterbacks For Chi-Cards". Green Bay Press-Gazette. September 21, 1949. p. 47. Retrieved December 19, 2023 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Giant Gridders Release Mallouf". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City. AP. January 22, 1950. p. 2-B. Retrieved December 19, 2023 – via newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Packers Pick 29". Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. AP. January 23, 1950. p. 6. Retrieved December 19, 2023 – via newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Troup, T.J. (March 13, 2017). "PFJ's NFL Players of the Week: 1948 and 1949". Pro Football Journal. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "Chicago Cardinals at New York Giants - October 17th, 1948". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  12. ^ "On This Date". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. October 17, 2022. p. B4. Retrieved December 18, 2023 – via newspapers.com.