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Walter "Ray" Perkins - Head Coach

3rd Head Coach of the Buccaneers, Sailing the Ship for 4 Seasons.

Walter Ray Perkins Head Coach of Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1987 to 1990 - The Ultimate Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fan Site, Historical Archive, Every Coach, Every Season, BUCS Fanatical Fans - BUCS Coaching History 1976-Present.

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Born.... December 6, 1941 in Petal, Mississippi

College..... University of Alabama

Playing Career..... Wide Receiver - 1964-66 Alabama - 1967-1971 Baltimore Colts

Buccaneers Career..... 1987 - 1990 Head Coach

Career Record..... College: 5 Years, 34-24-1, (major schools)

Career Record..... Professional: 8 Years, 42-75-0, .359 Win% (Buccaneers)

Perkins was an American football coach and former player. He most recently was the head football coach at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi from 2011 to 2013. He played as a wide receiver for the University of Alabama and Baltimore Colts. He later worked as a football coach for 28 years, including stints as the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, The University of Alabama, and Arkansas State University.

Early Life, & Playing Career

Perkins was born in Petal, Mississippi. He attended The University of Alabama, playing football 1964–1966. He played for the legendary coach Bear Bryant and was a teammate of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback #12 Joe Namath. The Crimson Tide won national championships in both 1964 and 1965, and Southeastern Conference championships in 1964, 1965, and 1966. During his senior year, he was named team captain. He was also selected as an All-American in 1966.
1964: 11 catches for 139 yards and 1 touchdown.
1965: 19 catches for 279 yards and 1 touchdown.
1966: 33 catches for 490 yards and 7 touchdowns.

He played for the National Football League's Baltimore Colts as a wide receiver from 1967 to 1971, under coach Don Shula. Perkins caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas in the 1970 AFC Championship Game to lead the Colts to a 27–17 victory over the Oakland Raiders and a berth in Super Bowl V. Perkins went on to win a Super Bowl ring after the Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V.

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Coaching Career

Perkins coached in the NFL as an assistant for the New England Patriots (1974–1977) and San Diego Chargers (1978) before becoming head coach of the New York Giants from 1979 to 1982. Although he only had one winning season, he helped build the team that his successor, Bill Parcells, won two Super Bowls in 1986 and 1990. Perkins hired future NFL head coaches Parcells, Bill Belichick and Romeo Crennel as young assistants.

Perkins accepted the immeasurable task of succeeding Bear Bryant as the head coach at his alma mater, the University of Alabama, when Bryant retired. He coached the Crimson Tide for four years from 1983 to 1986, compiling a record of 32–15–1 and winning three bowl games, but went 5–6 in 1984, the school's first losing season since 1957, the year before Bryant's tenure began. There was controversy from unsatisfied boosters and alumni at Alabama, and a lucrative contract offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers led Perkins to leave Alabama for a second chance in the NFL after the 1986 Alabama season.

1987-1990 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach

Perkins served as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four seasons. Some of his former college players got a chance to play for him in the NFL: QB Mike Shula, Kurt Jarvis, and linebacker Keith McCants. His career coaching record in the NFL was 42–75. He never won more than five games in Tampa Bay; his tenure came during an NFL-record streak of 12 consecutive 10-loss seasons. He was fired midway through the 1990 season, and replaced by his offensive coordinator, fellow Alabama alumnus Richard Williamson.

Perkins returned to college coaching at Arkansas State University in 1992. After just one year, Perkins became the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, serving under Bill Parcells from 1993 to 1996. He also spent 1997 with the Oakland Raiders as an offensive coordinator. On December 20, 2011, he was introduced as the new head football coach at Jones County Junior College (JCJC) in Ellisville, Mississippi.[3] Perkins resigned from JCJC on December 24, 2013.

He currently resides in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In 2014, he was said to be taking a volunteer coaching role with Oak Grove High School.

Coaching Controversy

In 1992, former Alabama player Gene Jelks, who had been recruited by Perkins, publicly accused Alabama coaches and boosters of providing him with illegal cash payments and other inducements during his recruitment and years at Alabama (Jelks played from 1985 to 1989).

Jelks's charges resulted in a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) investigation of the Alabama football program. Perkins's former assistant coach Jerry Pullen sued Jelks for slander, but he lost that case and two subsequent appeals, including an appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court.

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Career Accomplishments & Honors


1966.... SEC Player of the Year
1966.... First-Team All-American, Split end
1990.... Inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 1990
1998.... Inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 1998
2005.... He was elected to the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame

Perkins Trivia

Ray Perkins's teammate on the 1970 Colts team was Bill Curry, who played center. Curry would replace Perkins as the head coach at Alabama.

Perkins coached Mike Shula at Alabama, and also for one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Shula was later hired as an assistant coach of the Buccaneers (1996–1999). Shula became a successor of Perkins's at Alabama as the head football coach there in 2003–2006.

Perkins was the first offensive coordinator for Don Coryell during Coryell's tenure with the San Diego Chargers. His replacement was Joe Gibbs.

Walter Ray Perkins - Head Coach College statistics
Alabama Crimson Tide - 1983 - 1986 (Southeastern Conference)
Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/Playoffs Coaches# AP
1983 Alabama 8-4 4-2 T-3rd W Sun Bowl 12 15
1984 Alabama 5-6 2-4 T-7th
1985 Alabama 9-2-1 4-1-1 T-3rd W Aloha Bowl 14 13
1986 Alabama 10-3 4-2 T-2nd W Sun Bowl 9 9
Total   32-15-1 14-9-1      
Arkansas State Indians - 1992 (NCAA Disision 1-A independent)
1992 Arkansas State 2-9        
Arkansas State: 2-9
Total: 34-24-1
Walter Ray Perkins - 1987 Awakening Highlights

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Walter Ray Perkins - Head Coach NFL Buccaneers Statistics
Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
TB 1987 4 11 0 .267 4th in NFC Central - - - -
TB 1988 5 11 0 .313 3rd in NFC Central - - - -
TB 1989 5 11 0 .313 5th in NFC Central - - - -
TB 1990 5 8 0 .385 2nd in NFC Central - - - -
Total 19 41 0 .317 - - - -