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Wilford Jones

Crazy Ray making balloon sculptures for children following a Cowboys win in 2003.
Born January 22, 1931(1931-01-22)
Died March 17, 2007 (aged 76)

Crazy Ray (real name: Wilford Jones) was the unofficial mascot of the Dallas Cowboys. By some accounts, he was also the team's original mascot, who attended almost every home game since the team's birth.[1]

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He started selling pennants at games in 1962 and quickly endeared himself to the Cowboys fans with his western outfits, magic tricks, trademark whistle, and galloping along with a hobby horse.

He never officially worked for the Dallas Cowboys Organization, but was given a Special Parking Pass and All-access for home games. He was also known as the "Whistling Vendor" at Dallas Tornado soccer games and Texas Rangers baseball games. He could be seen at the State Fair of Texas and various concerts entertaining the public.

Crazy Ray also had a special friendship with rival Zema Williams (i.e. *Chief Zee), the Washington Redskins' unofficial mascot.[2] In some photographed pictures, Crazy Ray and Chief Zee were seen pretending to fight with each other during games.

Ray died on March 17, 2007 from heart disease and diabetes, aged 76, in Dallas.[3][4] He missed only three games in 46 seasons.[5]

Honors

  • Crazy Ray has a place in the Visa Hall of Fans Exhibit at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as he was selected as the fan choice for the Dallas Cowboys.[6]

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