Former Tiger Fullback Ray Jamieson Dies at Age 66
Aug 28, 2013
Memphis, Tenn – Ray Jamieson, a powerful, hard-running fullback for Billy J. Murphy’s 1969-1971 Tiger football teams, died Sunday, August 25 in Mountain Home, Arkansas, while on a family vacation in the Ozark Mountains. He was 66 years old.
Jamieson will be remembered as one of the toughest players in Tiger football history. The Providence, Rhode Island, native came to Memphis in 1967 under Murphy and lettered for three seasons at fullback. As a sophomore, his first season of eligibility, he was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team after leading the Tigers in rushing with 573 yards on 123 carries, which included a 137-yard effort against Louisville that led to a 44-14 Memphis victory.
An internal injury knocked Jamieson out of action for the 1969 season and he returned in 1970 only to once again suffer from football related injuries. A knee and a shoulder injury slowed his ’70 season but he managed to finish fourth in rushing with 189 yards and was rated among the top 10 in the MVC.
In 1971, Jamieson, a senior, was back to full strength. He scored two touchdowns in the West Texas State game and rushed for 109 yards and a score against Southern Mississippi. Jamieson had a season-high 122 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run, against North Texas State that helped secure the team’s first bowl bid in 15 years.
Playing in the Pasadena Bowl, he teamed with tailbacks Dornell Harris and the late Paul “Skeeter” Gowen to help the Tigers to a 28-9 victory. It was Murphy’s final game as the Tiger head coach. Jamieson finished the season with 559 yards rushing and scored a team-leading six touchdowns.
Following the completion of his eligibility, Jamieson was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 1972 NFL Draft, but suffered a career-ending neck injury in an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Rams. He returned to Memphis for rehabilitation and to begin his life after football. Jamieson completed his degree at the University of Memphis in 1975.
Plans for a memorial service to honor Jamieson are inconclusive at this time and will be announced at a later date.
Jamieson is survived by his wife, Diane, and two sons, Chris and Jeff, their wives and four grandchildren.