Raymond Emmett Berry finished his pro football career with the Baltimore Colts as the NFL's all-time leader in receptions (631) and career yards (9,275). Berry's career was based on hard work, determination and a devotion to practice. He played high school football in Paris for his father Raymond Berry Sr. He spent a year at Schreiner Junior College before transferring to SMU (1951-1954) where he was the Mustangs' captain and earned All-Southwest Conference honors in 1954. Berry played 13 seasons as wide receiver for the Baltimore Colts from 1955-1967. He concentrated on precise route running and came up with moves and fakes to get open. Berry led the NFL in receiving three seasons (1958, 1959 & 1960), earning All-NFL honors each time. He also was named to six Pro Bowls. He played in three championship games, including the fabled 1958 title game between the Colts and New York Giants. Berry set a record in that game with 12 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown to lead the Colts to a 23-17 win in overtime. Berry served as head coach of the New England Patriots from 1984-1989. In 1986 he led the club to its first ever Super Bowl appearance. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973 and was selected to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. Berry was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1974.

Raymond Berry

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