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Ray Bentley
Date of birth: November 25, 1960 (1960-11-25) (age 49)
Place of birth: Grand Rapids, MI
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Central Michigan
Organizations
 As player:
1983-1984
1985
1986-1991
1992
Michigan Panthers (USFL)
Oakland Invaders (USFL)
Buffalo Bills (NFL)
Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Ray Russell Bentley (born November 25, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a former professional American football linebacker.

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Playing career

Bentley's first three years in professional football were spent with the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League.

He later joined the Buffalo Bills, and played six seasons with the team, including their first two Super Bowl years in the 1990s. Bentley's career ended with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1992.

Broadcasting career

Bentley worked as part of the The NFL on Fox broadcast team for five years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, doing both color commentary and play-by-play. He left Fox for a position as head coach and general manager of the Arena Football League's Buffalo Destroyers, and held that position for two years before resigning.

From 2004 to 2006, Bentley was a color commentator alongside play-by-play man Bob Papa on NBC's Arena Football League coverage, and in 2007 and 2008 has served in that capacity for ESPN2. He occasionally fills in on ABC's college football coverage. Ray has been criticized widely for his bias towards his Alma Mater Central Michigan University while calling games for ESPN2 in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 2007, Bentley returned to the Buffalo Bills as a play-by-play announcer for their preseason television games. He is currently an advisory member for the revival of the USFL.

Personal life

Bentley currently resides in Grandville, Michigan. He is a graduate of Hudsonville High School. He has also authored a number of children's picture books, including Darby the Dinosaur. His son Jake is a Redshirt Freshman linebacker at Central Michigan University. He later got his coaching start at Buffalo State. Ray has recently appeared on HBO's Cathouse: The Series, a program that chronicles the activities at a Nevada brothel of the same name. He is seen frolicking with Airforce Amy while negotiating the terms of their encounter.


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