Mel Gray (wide receiver)

This page refers to the St. Louis Cardinals wide receiver. For the kick returner, see Mel Gray.
Mel Gray
No. 85
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1948-09-28) September 28, 1948
Place of birth: Fresno, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 172 lb (78 kg)
Career information
College: Missouri
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 6 / Pick: 147
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 351
Receiving Yards: 6,644
Touchdowns: 45
Player stats at

Melvin Dean Gray (born September 28, 1948) is a former National Football League wide receiver for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1971 to 1982. He attended Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, California,[1] the football standout was also a track and field star. While winning the 100 yard dash at the 1967 CIF California State Meet, Gray set not only the meet record but the National High School record of 9.4 in the event at the time. His meet record lasted until 1979. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Missouri. He was a sixth-round draft choice for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1971 NFL draft and was selected to four straight Pro Bowls (1974–1977). Gray caught passes in 121 consecutive games between 1973 and 1982.[2]


  1. Mel Gray, database Football. Accessed March 21, 2012.
  2. The New York Times, Dec. 7, 1982."Mel Gray to retire". Accessed March 21, 2012.
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