PHS alum Raymond Berry nominated as one of top 100 players in UIL Texas HS Football history
As part of the season-long celebration of UIL 100 Years of Football, former wide receiver Raymond Berry, who was a part of the Paris High School graduating class of 1950, has been nominated as being one of the top 100 players in the history of UIL Texas High School Football.
Following high school graduation, Berry went on to have a stellar career on the gridiron. He played four years at SMU, then was drafted late in the 1954 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. Berry defied the odds and worked hard, and his efforts paid off. The 20th-round draft pick played his entire career with the Colts, which lasted from 1955-67.
In his Hall of Fame career, Berry won two NFL Championships in back-to-back years (1958-59). He was a six-time Pro Bowl player, was selected as a First-Team All-Pro four years in a row (1957-60), and was the league’s leading receiver in numerous categories from 1957-60.
The local legend also worked in the NFL as a head coach. After numerous jobs as an assistant and a wide receivers coach, Berry became the head coach of the New England Patriots in 1984. He coached New England from 1984-89 and amassed an overall record of 51-41. Berry’s greatest coaching feat came following the 1985 season, where he coached in the Super Bowl against Mike Ditka and the vaunted 1985 Chicago Bears team. The Bears went on to win Super Bowl XX by a final score of 46-10.
Berry was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973, was named to the 1950s All-Decade Team, and was named to both the NFL 75th and 100th Anniversary All-Time Teams. He is also enshrined in the Baltimore Ravens’ Ring of Honor and had his No. 82 jersey retired by the Indianapolis Colts.
The fan vote will determine the top 10 players of all time. As a community, Paris ISD believes all involved can work together to help make it happen for Berry. Voting ends Sunday, Nov. 22 at noon.
Each of the 100 nominated players will be recognized by the UIL and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football in a special commemorative magazine and the Top 10 will be recognized with a special ceremony at the UIL State Football Championship in Arlington. To cast a vote, click here. For more sports coverage, click here.