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Crazy Ray dies


rainmaker17

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http://www.dallascowboys.com/news.cfm?id=6...B339B7F901094FE

Now if you're not from the metroplex and/or care about the Cowboys, I can see where this would be minor news. BUT if you grew up around the area and attended games as I did since childhood, it really is a sad day.

Such a nice man. I remember seeing him over the years, always with a smile on his face signing autographs for the fans. He was especially great with children and would take time to visit with each child, no matter how many were clammoring for his attention. I'm glad I got to speak with him a few times and personally thank him for being such a wonderful embodiment of what being a fan is all about. Rest in peace Ray.

And, Jerry, do the right thing. Take care of Ray's arrangements, take care of his family. Make a meaningful tribute to him in the new building. Sometimes tradition means more than making a buck. He was a fixture at Texas Stadium long before you fired Tom Landry. It's the right thing to do, and you've never shied away from any p.r. opportunity. Don't start now.

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Born Wilford Jones, Crazy Ray, 75, has been beset by various illnesses over the past years, diabetes a huge toll, causing a leg to be amputated below the knee in 1997, a loss of eyesight, five heart bypass surgeries and the suffering of several strokes, the most recent this past August that left his right side paralyzed. Ray suffered another heart attack as recent as two weeks ago, and had been living in hospice care since suffering his latest bout of congestive heart failure.

:blink: Yeah, I think im going go excercise right now and start buying Wheatgrass shakes from here on out.

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I played in the Dallas Cowboys Band in 1988. Part of the initiation of playing in that band was in dealing with the beloved Crazy Ray. Once a game, he would come over to the band (we were situated in the stands of the North endzone) and "conduct" the band. We were told to play along, and no matter what happened, to NOT watch Ray! Ray would usually just flail his arms around in some random pattern...but we never complained, because he was CRAZY RAY.

Great guy.

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I played in the Dallas Cowboys Band in 1988. Part of the initiation of playing in that band was in dealing with the beloved Crazy Ray. Once a game, he would come over to the band (we were situated in the stands of the North endzone) and "conduct" the band. We were told to play along, and no matter what happened, to NOT watch Ray! Ray would usually just flail his arms around in some random pattern...but we never complained, because he was CRAZY RAY.

Great guy.

when i was living in the metroplex some years ago, i was at the state fair and met him and got an autograph from him. He was a real nice guy and can see why cowboy fans loved the guy. definately a sad day to see him go. :cry:

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I read this story last night, then found the website that had been set up to help him...

http://www.savecrazyray.com/

I've got to agree 100% with rainmaker. I had no idea Ray and his family had such a hard time of things over the past few years. Jerry Jones needs to step up and help Ray's wife out. They've been through alot of health problems, financial problems and the death of a daughter.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I got to pat him on the back one game as he came down the isle to cheer in our section. We attended a Cowboys/Giants game on Thanksgiving in the late 90s or early 2000.

He will be missed.

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