Ray Perkins Biography – Ray Perkins Wiki
Ray Perkins was an American football coach and player. He played as a wide receiver for the University of Alabama and Baltimore Colts. He later worked as a football coach for 28 years, including stints as the head coach for the New York Giants, the University of Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Arkansas State University.
Perkins grew up in Mississippi. He attended The University of Alabama, where he played football from 1964–1966. The University of Alabama won national championships in both 1964 and 1965, and Southeastern Conference championships in 1964, 1965, and 1966. He was selected as an All-American in 1966.
He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the National Football League and played as a wide receiver from 1967 to 1971. He appeared in two Super Bowls before working his way up in the coaching profession.
He coached in the NFL as an assistant for the New England Patriots (1974–1977) and San Diego Chargers (1978) before becoming head coach of the New York Giants from 1979 to 1982. When Bear Bryant retired, Perkins succeeded him as the head coach at his alma mater, the University of Alabama. He coached the Crimson Tide for four years from 1983 to 1986, compiling a record of 32–15–1 and winning three bowl games.
After the 1986 Alabama season, Perkins left Alabama for a second chance in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He served as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1987 to 1990. He was fired midway through the 1990 season, and replaced by his offensive coordinator, fellow Alabama alumnus Richard Williamson.
Perkins returned to college coaching at Arkansas State University in 1992. In 1993, Perkins became the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, serving under Bill Parcells from 1993 to 1996. He also spent 1997 with the Oakland Raiders as an offensive coordinator. On December 20, 2011, he was introduced as the new head football coach at Jones County Junior College (JCJC) in Ellisville, Mississippi. He resigned from JCJC on December 24, 2013. In 2014, he was said to be taking a volunteer coaching role with Oak Grove HS.
Ray Perkins Age
Ray Perkins was born on November 6, 1941, in Petal, Mississippi. He died on December 9, 2020, in Northport, Alabama. He was 79 years old.
Ray Perkins Wife
Ray Perkins Family
Ray Perkins is survived by his second wife, Lisa Perkins; two sons from his first marriage, Martin Anthony Perkins, known as Tony, and Michael Ray Perkins, who works for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the N.F.L.; two daughters from his second marriage, Rachael Perkins and Shelby Perkins; a sister, Susan Thornton; and two grandchildren. Another sister, Shirley Sellers, died in 2007.
Ray Perkins Death
Ray Perkins died in Tuscaloosa on December 9, 2020, at the age of 79. The Alabama Crimson Tide football announced his passing and Ray Perkins’ daughter Rachael Perkins posted news of his death on her Facebook page.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference: “Our condolences to Ray Perkins’ family and friends. He served the University of Alabama with great class and integrity. He was a great coach and he had a tremendous impact on the game, and he was a really good person and a really good friend.”
Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Coach Perkins. Just a year ago we were celebrating him as our SEC Football Legend in Atlanta, an honor he was truly deserving of. Coach Perkins served in every possible capacity of Alabama Athletics as an All-American football player, head coach and athletics director, and he will certainly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lisa, and children Tony, Mike, Rachael and Shelby, extended family and friends during this time.”
Ray Perkins Cause of Death
Ray Perkins’ cause of death was not revealed. He had been dealing with heart issues.
Ray Perkins Net Worth
Ray Perkins’s net worth was estimated to be $3 million.