James “Jim" Gray 1965
Football, Track 1962-65
Standing at 6'3" and weighing 247 pounds, James Gray's bull-elephant bulk made it tough for opponents to traverse the Benedict College side of the line of scrimmage during his tenure as a defensive tackle for the Tigers from 1961 to 1964.
Gray was a fierce hitter and gung -ho type performer who got an emotional wallop out of punishing a runner -- grabbing him in an ecstasy of power and slamming him to the ground. He played without fear or intimidation.
Although a big man in stature, Gray was as fast as some running backs. He excelled at pass rush and was adept at diagnosing the enemy's offensive plans. He led the Tigers in tackles during both his junior and senior years.
Gray was among three Benedict football players who had tryouts with professional teams following the 1964 season. He inked a contract with the Baltimore Colts. Gray now lives in the District of Columbia area and works for the Washington Post.