Arthur Ray Interview (2015 NFL Draft Prospect, OL, Fort Lewis College)

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect, O-Lineman out of Fort Lewis College, Arthur Ray Jr. joined Chris Shanafelt on The C.S. Podcast on December 20, 2015 to share his very interesting and unique story. Coming out of Mount Carmel High School, Ray was one of the top Offensive-Linemen in the country. 2 months after the Chicago native signed his letter of intent to attend Michigan State and play for the Spartans, he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his left leg. Ever since then it’s been a grind for Ray but eventually after spending 25 months on crutches, he was able to not only walk & jog but return to the football field. In 2011, he was able to play in 3 games for the Spartans and after the NCAA granted Ray 2 more years of eligibility, he decided to transfer to Fort Lewis College in Colorado to play for the Skyhawks. Something unique about Ray is that he can play both offensive-tackle and center. In this interview Ray explains why he would choose to play center over offensive-tackle “The center is like the leader of the offensive-line… You have to trust your center. The center sets up everything for the offensive-line. Also center is the first position I ever learned how to play when I first started playing football.” NFL Scouts that have seen Ray in person include those from the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and the New York Jets. Ray says “It’ll be great to hear my name called (during the draft) or even get an undrafted free-agent call, I’d be flippin’ and jumpin’ like I was a first rounder at that!” Arthur Ray’s story is definitely a unique one and should encourage everybody to never give up on anything that you truly love, no matter the circumstances. After 2 solid seasons at Fort Lewis, Arthur Ray Jr. is now getting ready to achieve his dream to play in the National Football League. Follow on Twitter @ChrisShanafelt & keep up with Arthur Ray Jr. @ARayOfHope73

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