Ray Hamilton
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Ray Hamilton as a Cleveland Ram
No. 27, 44
Position:DE / E
Personal information
Born:(1916-01-21)January 21, 1916
Sheridan, Arkansas
Died:February 13, 1995(1995-02-13) (aged 79)
Career information
NFL Draft:1938 / Round: 6 / Pick: 41
Career history
* Cleveland Rams ( 1938)
Career highlights and awards
* Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame (1973)[1]
Career NFL statistics
Games played:58
Games started:18
Fumble recoveries:6
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Raymond "Ray" Hamilton (June 6, 1916 – February 13, 1995) was a standout football and basketball player for the University of Arkansas and a professional football player in the National Football League where he played for the Cleveland Rams, Detroit Lions, and the Los Angeles Rams.

College careerEdit

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A member of the Arkansas Razorbacks 1930's All-Decade Team, he lettered in football in 1935, 1936, and 1937. In 1936, Hamilton played both sides of the ball playing a key role in defeating the Texas Longhorns 6-0 to win their first ever Southwest Conference Championship. He also lettered in basketball in 1936, 1937, and 1938.[2][3]

Professional careerEdit

In 1938, he was drafted by the Cleveland Rams joining his college teammate Jim Benton. In 1939, Hamilton played for the Detroit Lions playing both ways shifting from offensive end to defensive end. In 1940, Hamilton joined the United States Army where he worked himself up to the rank of Army Intelligence captain. After spending time on an Alaskan base, he received his release from the Army in 1943. In 1944 and 1945, he went back to the Cleveland Rams winning an NFL championship in 1945 defeating the Washington Redskins 15-14. With the Rams moving to Los Angeles, Hamilton finished his NFL career with the L.A. Rams in 1946 and 1947.[4]

Hall of FameEdit

On January 19, 1973, former college and pro teammate Jim Benton introduced Ray Hamilton as he was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. On November 15, 2002, he was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor.[5]


  1. "Ray Hamilton". Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 2, 2009.[dead link]
  2. University of Arkansas Razorback Media Guide
  3. Arkansas Gazette
  4. Arkansas Gazette
  5. Arkansas Gazette

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