Ray Lardani
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No. 71     
Personal information
Date of birth:
Career information
College: Miami
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 34 / Pick: 270
Debuted in 1961 for the New England Patriots
Last played in 1961 for the 1971
Career history
Career highlights and awards


Ray Lardani (OG-DT/NT) (208th overall by the Green Bay Packers in 1961, and selected as a non-future with the Boston Patriots’ final pick at #34, 270th overall in 1962). After an injury-plagued senior year in 1961 at the U (in which he failed to earn a letter), Lardani’s stock sank and he signed with the Patriots even though he was taken as a future by the Packers with a much higher pick the previous year. Ray Lardani was cut during the Boston Patriots’ training camp in 1962.

Playing career

Atlantic Coast Football League (ACFL)Edit

Baltimore Colts 1971 1970

Philadelphia Eagles 1969 1968 1967

  • Ray played in the ACFL for the Wilmington Clippers (Then they were the Philadelphia Eagle's farm team...)


Miami Dolphins 1966

  • Ray tried out for the new expansion team Dolphins and was cut at the end of preseason.


Toronto Argonauts 1965 1964

  • Ray Lardani was a two-way starter at tackle (OT & DT) during his 2 years with Toronto.


Boston Patriots 1963 1962

  • In 1961 at the beginning of his Senior year at the Univ. of Miami, Ray Lardani left college early to play football for the Boston Patriots. Ray Lardani #71 started the season on Boston's Taxi Squad, and after an injury occured to the starting left tackle, Ray got his chance and stepped in to start the last 7 games of the season at Left Offensive Tackle. (Taxi squads back then was a way for each team to keep 6 extra players on the team roster in case of injuries. Taxi squad players actually practiced along with the active team players.)
  • In 1962 Ray Lardani continued to be a starter for the Boston Patriots at Left Offensive Tackle. Ray played in the first 6 games of the season before injuring his knee that would require surgery. After Ray returned that season he was sent back to the Taxi squad and eventually was put on injured reserve, because his knee wasn't allowing him to perform to his full potential. There are 4 game action photos in the photo section.

At the end of the 1962 season Boston traded Ray to the New York Jets.

College footballEdit

Miami Football Guard, Defensive Tackle 1960 1958 Two outstanding games in Lardani's Collegiate career were:

  • Oct 25, 1958 – (at Boston College-24,517) Early in the 2nd qtr. Miami’s DT #72 Ray Lardani sacked Boston College’s QB #25 Ross O’Hanley 4 yards deep in the end-zone, resulting in a safety and 2 points for the Canes’. The Canes’ led for most of the game. Late in the 4th qtr. Boston College capitalized on 2 Miami offensive blunders (fumble & interception) and their place kicker would make 2 field-goals in the last 4 minutes of play. Ray Lardani was unstoppable on defense collecting 12 tackles, 1 QB sack for a safety, & a fumble recovery. The Miami Canes’ defense would finish the game with out giving up a TD, but would fall 6 – 2 to Boston College.
  • Nov 12, 1960 on National TV in front of 58,062 roaring fans packed into the the Orange Bowl the U beat Notre Dame for the first time ever in the school's history 28-21. Ray Lardani #79 had 13 tackles in the game and was named to Notre Dame's All-Opponent team for that season!
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