Arthur Ray Jr
|Born:||May 26, 1989|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||300 lb (136 kg)|
|High school:||Mount Carmel High School (IL)|
|College:||Michigan State University|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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Arthur Ray Jr (born May 26, 1989) is an American football Offensive Linemen who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the Michigan State University,and Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. He signed undrafted with the Miami Dolphins, and had a try out with Chicago Bears for the National Football League. Arthur's story of perseverance and mental toughness as he battled a diagnosis of Bone cancer at age 17, which kept him out of football for 4 years until his big return for the Spartans. He was even voted the National Football Writers Association Courage Award winner in 2011
Arthur is currently an owner of an Offensive Linemen training academy, and he is the Varsity Offensive Line coach at De La Salle Institute,
Ranked among the nation's top offensive guards by Scout.com (No. 37), Rivals.com (No. 55) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 55) . . .Invited to play in the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. rated among the Midwest's top prospects by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 63) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All- Midwest Teams . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 9) and Scout.com (No. 11) . . . two-year starter for Coach Frank Lenti at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, Ill., where he helped the Caravan to a combined record of 25-3, including back-to-back trips to the state finals . . . first-team (Class 8A) all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune . . . also earned all-area honors . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Caravan average 222.2 rushing yards and 30.5 points per game en route to a 12-2 record in 2006
Ray returned to the football field during 2011 spring practice for the first time in four years following a battle with cancer . . . had his medical disqualification reversed and was cleared to practice by the NCAA on April 7, 2011. id not enroll at Michigan State in the fall of 2007 after recovering from successful surgery to remove the cancerous tumor . . . enrolled at MSU in spring 2008 but had to leave due to an infection in his leg . . . since the original procedure, underwent three additional bone-graft surgeries, most recently in December 2008 . . . was on crutches for two years and listed on the inactive roster for the 2009 and 2010 seasons . . . cleared by doctors for conditioning in January 2011 prior to being activated during spring practice.
Ray then transferred after petitioning for 2 years of eligibility and being granted by the NCAA and he played for Fort Lewis College where he was named team captain 2nd Team All RMAC.
Ray had a nice showing at Northwestern's Pro Day which proved to everyone that he was back healthy and ready for the next level.
Ray signed as an Undrafted Free agent with the Miami Dolphins two days after the 2015 NFL Draft. He was released by the dolphins during training camp.
Ray was brought in for a pre-draft workout and practice squad workout with the Chicago Bears
Ray is currently the varsity Offensive Line coach for De La Salle Institute in Chicago, IL.
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