Tommie Gray, Athletics Hall of Famer and OVC Football Player of the Year, has died

Tommie Gray, Athletics Hall of Famer and OVC Football Player of the Year, has died

By Matt Schabert, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Tommie Gray, member of the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame and 1966 Ohio Valley Conference Football Player of the Year, has died. Gray was originally from Birmingham, Alabama.

Shortly after racial barriers were broken down in the OVC, Gray became a two-sport star and one of the first notable black athletes at Morehead State and the league. A lightning-fast athlete, Gray was nearly unstoppable on the football field and performed admirably on the track as well. He won the OVC individual title in the 220-yard sprint in the 1965 league meet.

The following year, Gray was named OVC Football Offensive Player of the Year when he rushed for an MSU-era record 14 touchdowns. Gray was a standout running back from 1964-67 and still ranks in the top 10 in program history with 1,604 career rushing yards. He was key to the Eagles winning the 1966 OVC Championship.

He held numerous records at the end of his career, including career-best rushing average (5.6 yards per attempt), most career points scored (172), most career touchdowns (28 ), the best punt return average in a season. (23.5 yards per return) and the longest fumble return (65 yards).

Gray was selected in the 1968 National Football League draft in the eighth round by the San Francisco 49ers. He was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986.

Morehead State sends its condolences to the Gray family.

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