Ray Oldham

Ray Oldham
Date of birth (1951-02-23)February 23, 1951
Place of birth Gallatin, Tennessee, United States
Date of death July 23, 2005(2005-07-23) (aged 54)
Place of death Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Career information
Position(s) Cornerback/Safety
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg)
College Middle Tennessee State
High school Gallatin High School
NFL draft 1973 / Round: 8 / Pick: 189
Drafted by Baltimore Colts
Career history
As player
19731978 Baltimore Colts
1978 Pittsburgh Steelers
1979 New York Giants
19801982 Detroit Lions
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Interceptions 14
INT Yards 164
Games played 125
Fumble recoveries 6

Donnie Ray Oldham (February 23, 1951 July 23, 2005) was an American football defensive back in the National Football League (NFL). He played professionally for the Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, and Detroit Lions.


Oldham was born in Gallatin, Tennessee and graduated from Gallatin High School in Gallatin.[1] He played college football at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Oldham was drafted by the Baltimore Colts (1953–1983) in the 8th round (189th overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft.[2] He played for ten seasons in the NFL.[3]

He earned a Super Bowl ring in 1978 when he was part of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense.[4] [5] In 1983 Oldham was inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame at Middle Tennessee State University.[6]

He died on July 23, 2005 in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee after suffering a heart attack while on a bike ride.[7]


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  4. "Ray Oldham dead at age 54". WATE.com. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  5. "Ray Oldham". The Official Website of Middle Tennessee State University Athletics. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  6. "Ray Oldham". The Official Website of Middle Tennessee State University Athletics. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  7. Crawlew, Stan. "Former NFL Player Ray Oldham Dies Of Apparent Heart Attack." The Chattanoogan. 25 July 2005. Retrieved on 15 January 2008.
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