Ray Abruzzese
Position(s):Safety Jersey #(s):46, 25
Born: (1937-10-27) October 27, 1937 (age 82)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Career information
Year(s): 19621966
NFL Draft: 1962 / Round: 16 / Pick: 219
(By the Baltimore Colts)
AFL Draft: 1962 / Round: 23 / Pick: 180
College: Alabama
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played     61
Games started     2
Interceptions     9
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Raymond Lewis Abruzzese, Jr. (born October 27, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an American college and professional football player. A defensive back, he played college football at the University of Alabama, and played professionally in the American Football League for the Buffalo Bills from 1962 through 1964, when the Bills won the AFL Championship game, 20–7, over the defending AFL champion San Diego Chargers. He also played for the AFL's New York Jets in 1965 and 1966.


Though it is little-known, Ray Abruzzese had a major impact on the growth of modern professional football. He roomed with Joe Namath when both were at Alabama. When Namath was deciding between signing with the NFL's Cardinals or the AFL's Jets, he told Jets owner Sonny Werblin that he would lean toward the Jets if they would acquire Ray Abruzzese. Bills owner Ralph Wilson cooperated and, for the good of the league, traded Abruzzese to the Jets.[citation needed]

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