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Ray Poole

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Ray Poole
Poole on a 1948 Bowman football card
Date of birth April 15, 1921
Place of birth Gloster, Mississippi
Date of death April 2, 2008(2008-04-02) (aged 86)
Place of death Gloster, Mississippi
Career information
Position(s) End
College Mississippi
North Carolina
NFL draft 1944 / Round: 13 / Pick 125
Career history
As player
1947–1952 New York Giants
1953–1954 Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 1
Career stats
  • Playing stats at

Ray Smith Poole (April 15, 1921 – April 2, 2008) was an American offensive and defensive end in the National Football League who played for the New York Giants from 1947 to 1952. Born in Gloster, Mississippi, he graduated from Crosby High School in Crosby, Mississippi, then attended the University of North Carolina before transferring to the University of Mississippi. He also played baseball and basketball at Ole Miss, where his brothers Barney and Buster also became star athletes. Ray Poole was selected by the Giants in the 13th round of the 1944 NFL Draft while he was serving three years in the Marines during World War II; he then returned to play at Ole Miss before joining the NFL. He was named to the all-NFL team in 1950. He later played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1953–54, and then became an assistant coach at Ole Miss under coach Johnny Vaught. Poole died of cancer at age 86.

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