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Class of 1966
"Just when we think we have a certain rule edited so that it sounds logical and is fair to both the offensive and defensive teams, along comes a coach with a new-fangled shift or play. Then we’ve got to change the rule in order to plug up the loop-hole.”
Full Name: Hugh Light "Shorty" Ray
Birthdate: Sept. 21, 1884
Birthplace: Highland Park, Ill.
Died: Sept. 16, 1956 (71)
High School: Crane Manual Training (Chicago)
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: Sept. 17, 1966
Hugh (Shorty) Ray Enshrinement Speech 1966
Presenter: Dan Tehan
Thank you very much. Honored guests, ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank the committee of the National Football Hall of Fame for giving me the opportunity to present the preserver for this enshrinement of a man who has done more to make pro football the great exciting game as it is today, Hugh Shorty Ray. In early 1940, Shorty Ray as technical advisor of the National Football League, took the National Federation High School rules and collegiate rules and made a set of rules for Professional Football that haven't changed in a period of 15 years; and here to give the presenter replica of Hugh Shorty Ray, Hugh Ray Jr. , who is an executive of the Sears Roebuck Co. in Chicago. Hugh.
Hugh Ray Jr. on behalf of his Father
Thank you, Dan. Commissioner, ladies, and gentlemen. I am deeply humble today, yet it has to be the greatest thrill of my life to accept this award for my father. Our family is justifiably proud and deeply grateful to the Professional football Community for so honoring dad. Our family really thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.