Monday, March 19, 2007

Remembering & Helping A Cowboys Legend

Anyone who has ever attended a Dallas Cowboys home game over the past four decades knows who "Crazy Ray" is (pictured here with Rowdy, courtesy of WFAA). I crossed paths with him several times over the years on the sidelines. He's the super fan at all the games dressed in western wear. He died on Saturday from heart disease and diabetes.

According to, Crazy Ray, whose real name was Wilford Jones, attended almost every home game since the team's birth. He only missed three games. He started selling pennants at games in 1962 and quickly endeared himself to the Cowboys fans with his western outfits, magic tricks, trademark whistle, and galloping along with one of those stick ponies. Crazy Ray has a place in the fans' wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He never officially worked for the Dallas Cowboys Organization, but was given a Special Parking Pass and All-access for home games.

KLTV 7 Meteorologist Morgan Palmer, who remembers seeing Crazy Ray at the games pointed out a website fans can leave memories and help out his wife, Mattie. The couple began having
financial trouble when Ray began having health issues. It's a cool website. Check it out...

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