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Jerry Gray


Jerry Don Gray

Inducted 2013

Date of Birth



Lubbock, TX


University of Texas (1981-1984)


Defensive back Jerry Gray was instrumental in helping the Texas defense shut down some of the decade’s most high-powered offenses. A two-time first-team All-American (consensus – 1983, unanimous – 1984), Gray led Texas to four consecutive bowl games, including a 1982 Cotton Bowl victory and a No. 2 final national ranking. He was a two-time Southwest Conference Player of the Year (1983, 1984), and he helped the Longhorns win the 1983 conference title under coach Fred Akers. The two-time team MVP recorded 297 career tackles, 16 interceptions, and 20 pass breakups during his time in Austin. Taken in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, Gray enjoyed a nine-year career, playing for the Rams, Houston Oilers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and appearing in four Pro Bowls. Following his playing days, Gray spent time as a position football coach in both the college and professional ranks. The Lubbock, Texas, native established the Jerry Gray Foundation for underprivileged youth, which provides athletic and academic scholarships. He also founded and coordinated the Jerry Gray/Young Life Skills and Leadership Football Camp. Gray became a member of the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1996.


Height 6'1

Weight 183

Career Highlights

  • 1984 All-Conference
  • 1984 Unanimous All-America
  • 1983 All-Conference
  • 1983 Consensus All-America
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