Raye takes break from NFL traveling to host annual camp
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Raye takes break from NFL traveling to host annual camp

Photo: Pep Hamilton of the Colts with Jimmy Raye.

Sammy Battan of the Fayetteville Observer visited with Jimmy Raye at his 13th annual free football camp for area youths in his hometown. Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was again one of the camp coaches.

Raye is now an NFL Senior Advisor in his 39th season with the league. After his ground-breaking career as the South's first black quarterback to win a national title as Michigan State's starter in 1966, he was one of the first black college assistant coaches at his alma mater in under Duffy Daugherty in 1971, in the NFL in 1977 with the San Francisco 49ers and one of the first black coordinators as the Los Angeles Rams' offensive coordinator in 1983.

Fayetteville Observer story on 13th annual Jimmy Raye Youth Foundation free football camp.

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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