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Ray Bentley

Ray Bentley
Date of birth: (1960-11-25) November 25, 1960
Place of birth: Grand Rapids, MI
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Central Michigan
As player:
Michigan Panthers (USFL)
Oakland Invaders (USFL)
Buffalo Bills (NFL)
Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)
Career stats
Playing stats at

Ray Russell Bentley (born November 25, 1960) is a former professional American football linebacker and broadcaster.


Playing career

Bentley's first three years in professional football were spent with the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League.

He later joined the Buffalo Bills, and played six seasons with the team, including their first two Super Bowl years in the 1990s.[1] Bentley's career ended with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1992.

Broadcasting career

Bentley worked as part of the The NFL on Fox broadcast team for four years from 1998 to 2001, doing both color commentary and play-by-play.[1] He left Fox for a position as head coach and general manager of the Arena Football League's Buffalo Destroyers, and held that position for two years before resigning.

From 2003 to 2006, Bentley was a color commentator alongside play-by-play man Bob Papa on NBC's Arena Football League coverage,[1] and since 2006 has served in that capacity for ESPN/ABC. In 2007, Bentley returned to the Buffalo Bills as a play-by-play announcer for their preseason television games, a role he still serves. He is also an advisory member for the revival of the USFL.

From 2009 to present, Bentley is a radio personality on 107.3 in Grand Rapids MI. Ray is currently a defensive coordinator for the high school team Byron Center Bulldogs.


Bentley is the author of a series of childrens' books based around the character of Darby the Dinosaur.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Ray Bentley ESPN MediaZone".  
  2. ^ "BILLS' BENTLEY GIVING DARBY THE DINOSAUR A `SUPER' SPOTLIGHT". Deseret News. 27 January 1991. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
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