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Ray May
No. 59, 56
Born: (1945-06-04) June 4, 1945 (age 78)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Career information
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight230 lb (100 kg)
CollegeSouthern California
High schoolLos Angeles
NFL draft1967 / Round: 4 / Pick: 89
Career history
As player
(19671969)Pittsburgh Steelers
(19701973)Baltimore Colts
(19731975)Denver Broncos
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Interception yards183
Fumble recoveries3
Games started88
Games played118

Ray May (born June 4, 1945) is a former professional American football linebacker. May played college football at the University of Southern California. He played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1967 to 1975.[1]


Early years

Ray May was born June 4, 1945, in Los Angeles, California.

Collegiate career

May attended the University of Southern California.

Professional career

May was drafted in the 4th round of the 1967 NFL/AFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the 89th overall selection of the lottery.

In Baltimore May made up part of a potent linebacking corps that included Hall of Famer Ted "The Mad Stork" Hendricks and All-Pro Mike "The Animal" Curtis — part of a team that won Super Bowl V against the Dallas Cowboys in January 1971.

His teammate Curtis called May and Hendricks "Two of my favorite guys and two of our best players."[2] He also expressed great admiration for May as a "remarkable man" for spending "nearly all his time — and damn near all his money" raising three troubled adopted children as a bachelor.[2]

Life after football


  1. ^ "Ray May". Archived from the original on 2023-01-29. Retrieved 2023-04-21.
  2. ^ a b Mike Curtis with Bill Gilbert, Keep Off My Turf. Philadelphia: J.P. Lippincott & Co., 1972; p. 17.