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Ray Graves

American football player from United States of America

Ray Graves Samuel Ray Graves (born December 31, 1918) is a former American college and professional football player and former college football coach. He is a native of Tennessee and an alumnus of the University of Tennessee, where he played college football. Graves is best known as the former head coach of the Florida Gators football team that represents the University of Florida. Graves was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on December 31, 1918. He was the son of a Methodist minister, and he realized that his best (and perhaps only) opportunity to attend college would be to earn an athletic scholarship. Tennessee Wesleyan College, a small Methodist-affiliated college located in Athens, Tennessee, recognized his athletic talent and offered him a full scholarship. Coach Robert Neyland of the University of Tennessee recognized his stand-out play and arranged for Graves to transfer to Tennessee. After he graduated from Tennessee in 1942, he attempted to volunteer for the U.S. Navy following the United States' entry into World War II, but he was rejected when he failed his physical because he was deaf in one ear. He would have been accepted only in a grave emergency. Graves played college football  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1918-12-31
Place of birth
Rockwood
Nationality
United States of America
Profession
American football player, Coach

Athlete facts

Sports
American football

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