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Dear Friends and Family:
I want to share this brief interview about Hugh L. Ray, and review of
"THE NFL'S MR. EINSTEIN" that appears in the current issue of GRIDIRON GREATS MAGAZINE.

On the day before the Super Bowl I think its appropriate and fair to say, that without Ray's tireless efforts and hundreds of innovative rules that transformed football into a safer, more exciting game, its quite possible we would not be enjoying this amazing cultural phenomenon and celebration of our most popular national sport.

Both teams are excellent and well-matched, so it should be a very exciting game. I wish we could all enjoy it together.

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Best wishes,
Jim
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WINNING IS THE ONLY THING

Ever since American Rugby Football began in 1876 it’s been about winning. Coaches have always skirted the rules in order to gain an advantage. By 1890 it was common for coaches to salt their teams with gifted “graduate student-athletes.” When Walter Camp,”The Father of American Football” and Yale’s coach suggested strict eligibility rules to outlawed this, the other teams in the league formed a new conference.so they could continue the practice.

The pressure to win in college football has resulted in an endless saga of recruiting and educational abuses.The early NFL was regularly vilified for secretly using ineligible college players on Sundays before they had graduated. This reached a high point in 1925 when George Halas signed Red Grange, the greatest college player of all-time to a $100,000 contract the day after his season at Illinois was over to play for the Chicago Bears and go on a cross-country tour. This and many other blatant violations of the eligibility rules rocked the college game and led to their deep-seated hatred of the NFL that did not end until the 1950’s.

Today things are no different. Considering the stakes the pressure to win is greater. We’ve witnessed “Bountygate,” “Spygate,” and most recently “Deflategate.” These practices and otters like them are not isolated incidents, they represent the teams who got caught not the magnitude of problem. From many reliable accounts the manipulation of the ball’s pressure and condition are common-place since teams were given responsibility for supplying and safeguarding their game-day footballs.

The NFL’s kicking balls are closely regulated by the league and its officials. This protocol should be the same for game-day footballs in order to insure fairness and the integrity of the game.
Please Comment, Like and Share with your football friends. If you would like to learn more about football history and the man who designed the modern game and the aerodynamic football…
read "THE NFL'S MR. EINSTEIN" or visit hughrayfootball.com

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The run that changed the game.

Talk radio in Columbus was saying Zeke Elliott may sit out next season and go pro after....!?!?

Will that work for him?
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'THE REFEREE OF REFEREES"

Aside from inventing modern football, Hugh "Shorty" Ray was an outstanding athlete, teacher, coach, and official. Ray was "rated the best official in the Mid-West for over 30 years, and he is still the only man ever to officiate in three major sports in the Big Ten: football, baseball, and basketball."

By 1925, football's needless injuries, deaths, and the haphazard handling of games by his fellow officials forced him to take action. He gathered his colleagues into the American Officials Association he founded in 1917. Surprisingly football's revolution started among the zebras--the executors of football law.

Ray forced his proteges to write a report on each game, he conducted the first rules interpretation meetings, and led rules clinics in which officials took examinations. These quickly became required courses for all officials He insisted that officials become absolute masters of the rules book. "Ray's men became famous overnight. Coaches and athletic directors all over America had head of the 'Chicago Experiment.'"

In 1930 Ray invented and copyrighted "FOOTBALL RULES THRU PLAY SITUATIONS" which taught the rules by example and is still universally used. In 1932 Ray issued the first set of modern "safety rules" and Rules Book. The Pro Football Hall of Fame said of his Rules Book, "It was a masterpiece, a model for all future rule books at every level."

Would Ray be upset by the terrible officiating that took place in last weeks' Cowboys--Lions game? You bet he would. There is no excuse for that kind of ineptitude in the NFL and it cost the Lions a hard-fought, well-deserved win.

If you would like to learn more about Hugh L. Ray, The Father of Modern American Football,read "THE NFL'S MR. EINSTEIN" by James W. Stangeland, available at amazon.com/books or
www.hughrayfootball.com.
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