On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Randolph-Macon College will host Pro Football Hall
of Famer Raymond Berry at 7:00 p.m. in R-MC’s Crenshaw Gymnasium.
Berry was a member of the Johnny Unitas-led 1958 Baltimore Colts team that won the
NFL Championship. His visit is sponsored by the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism
This event is free and open to the public. General admission tickets will be
available at the door.
Berry will present Preparing for Life: Ethics for the Greatest Game Ever!
and will describe the relationships and professional preparation that led to his
success on and off the football field.
The public is also invited to an earlier discussion at 11:30 a.m.
in the sanctuary of Duncan Memorial Methodist Church, where Berry will discuss the
importance of faith and ethics.
“I’m looking forward to meeting members of the Randolph-Macon and surrounding communities,”
said Berry, “and sharing those moments that inspired me during challenging times
in my life. I think success, ethics and faith go hand-in-hand and I feel privileged
to have opportunities to spread that message with all people of all ages.”
Raymond Berry was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the 1954 NFL draft. He played
13-years as a wide receiver, leading the league three times in receptions and catching
a then-record 631 passes for 9,275 yards and 68 touchdowns. Berry was widely known
for his attention to detail and preparation. He only fumbled once in 13 years and
was selected to play in six Pro Bowl games.
Greatest Game Ever Played
One of Berry's most notable performances was in the 1958 NFL Championship Game,
known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played." He set a then-record with 12 catches for
178 yards and a touchdown. During what was called the Colts' life-or-death, last
minute drive, Berry caught three consecutive passes for 62 yards to set up the Colts
tying field goal at the end of regulation. The historic game, against the New York
Giants, marked the first time that a NFL playoff game went into overtime. Berry
helped lead the Colts to victory with two receptions for 33 yards. Historians note
that this game changed the popularity of the NFL and propelled it to become the
favorite sport to watch in the United States.
NFL Coaching Career
Berry ended his playing career in 1967 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall
of Fame in 1973. He returned to the NFL as a receivers’ coach for the New England
Patriots from 1978-1981 and was rehired in 1984 as head coach of the struggling
team. The next season, the Patriots recorded an 11-5 record and made the playoffs
as a wildcard team. They went on to become the first team in NFL history ever to
advance to the Super Bowl by winning three playoff games on the road. Unfortunately,
they were defeated in the 1985 Super Bowl game by the Chicago Bears. In 1986, the
Patriots made it to the playoffs again, but were defeated in the first round. Berry
was released as head coach of the Patriots in 1989. His overall coaching record
is 48 wins and 39 losses, and 3-2 in the playoffs.
BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism Program
Randolph-Macon College received a $500,000 grant from the BB&T Charitable Foundation
to expand the study of ethics, economics and capitalism through a broadened curriculum,
faculty and student research, internships and one-on-one interaction with business
BB&T Corporation is the 10th largest financial services holding company headquartered
in the United States with $152.4 billion in assets. Its bank subsidiaries operate
approximately 1,500 financial centers in the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia,
Kentucky, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Indiana and Washington,
D.C. BB&T annual charitable contributions totaled nearly $20 million in 2008.
For more information on this event or the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism
Program, please contact Anne Marie Lauranzon at (804) 752-7317,