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Ray Krouse
File:Ray Krouse.jpg
Ray Krouse 1960 Topps trading card
No. 70, 78, 77     
Defensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1927-03-21)March 21, 1927
Place of birth: Washington, D.C.
Date of death: April 9, 1966(1966-04-09) (aged 39)
Place of death: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Career information
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 1951 / Round: 2 / Pick: 25
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 1951 1955)
Career highlights and awards
* Honorable-mention All-American (1948)
Games played     118
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Raymond Francis Krouse (March 21, 1927 – April 9, 1966) was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for the New York Giants (1951–1955), the Detroit Lions (1956–1957), Baltimore Colts (1958–1959) and Washington Redskins (1960). He played college football for the University of Maryland.

Early years

Krouse attended Western High School, before moving on to the University of Maryland (Δ Φ [Delta Phi]).

In 1992, he was posthumously inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame.[1] The Ray Krouse Award is given to the team's most valuable player.[2]

Professional career

New York Giants

Krouse was selected by the New York Giants in the second round (25th overall) of the 1951 NFL Draft. The 1951 Giants defense he was part of, allowed the fewest total yards and rushing yards in the NFL for that season. 1952 was said to be his best professional year. On April 26, 1956, he was traded to the Detroit Lions in exchange for defensive tackle Dick Modzelewski.[3]

Detroit Lions

He helped the Detroit Lions win the 1957 NFL Championship. On July 17, 1958, he was traded to the Baltimore Colts in exchange for a third round draft choice (#36-Ron Luciano).[4]

Baltimore Colts

Krouse was a part of the 1958 NFL Championship Game against the New York Giants, famously known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played". The 1958 Colts defense he was part of, allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL for that season. He contributed to the Colts winning back to back NFL titles in 1958 and 1959 against his old team, the Giants.

Dallas Cowboys

He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft. On June 23, he was traded to the Washington Redskins in exchange for center Frank Kuchta.[5]

Washington Redskins

Krouse played one season for the Washington Redskins.

Personal life

The Washington Post on April 10, 1966 said, "Raymond Francis Krouse, one of the finest athletes ever to come out of Washington, died yesterday at Georgetown University Hospital of a liver ailment." He left behind a wife, Majorie; four daughters (Karen, 14, Kimberly, 8, Carolyn, 5, and Kathy, 4 [ages at the time of his burial]); his mother, Mrs. Josephine Krouse; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Haney; and a brother, William (Sully) Krouse.[6] He was buried on April 13, 1966, at Arlington National Cemetery, listed as a veteran of the U.S. Navy, WWII, nearby his son, David Edward, who died in 1963, after living two days.[7]