HOF Spotlight: Shorty Ray

Name: Hugh “Shorty” Ray
Position: Technical Advisor on Rules, Supervisor of Officials
Pro Career: 1938-1952
Team Affiliation(s): N/A (National Football League)
College: Illinois
Induction Class: 1966, posthumously

Brief Bio: Of all of the unsung heroes of the early NFL, Shorty Ray may have been the most important. Before Ray became the NFL’s Supervisor of Officials, the game was often sluggish, brutal, and boring, and the antiquated rule book was randomly and vaguely followed. Ray insisted that the league officials become masters of the rule book and he himself visited each team at least annually to educate coaches and players. As a result of Ray’s tireless efforts, the game became more competent, fair, and even exciting for fans of all ages.

Featured Card: Pro Football Hall of Fame 8”x10” headshot. As a front office employee, it is no surprise that Shorty Ray has been featured on very few cards, despite being a Hall of Fame inductee. For this reason, we turn once again to the official headshots offered directly by the HOF for $5.99. If you insist on sticking with cards, there are a few HOF-focused sets that have included Ray. Most copies of such cards can be found for $1 or less.

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