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Ray "Sugar Bear" Hamilton (born January 20, 1951) is a former American football player from 1973 through 1981 for the New England Patriots. He also coached for the Patriots as an assistant defensive line coach in Super Bowl XX. Hamilton got his first shot as a defensive line coach for the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons. Hamilton was an All Big 8 defensive tackle for the Oklahoma Sooners, being named to the first team in 1971 and 1972.[1]

Ray Hamilton
No. 71
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1951-01-20) January 20, 1951 (age 68)
Omaha, Nebraska
Career information
College:University of Oklahoma
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 14 / Pick: 342
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • Two time All Big 8 (1971 and 1972)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:132
Games started:117
Fumble recoveries:14
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Hamilton is best known for an incident in the 1976 NFL playoffs in a first-round game against the Oakland Raiders, when Oakland's Ken Stabler threw an incompletion and was hit by Hamilton as he threw. Ben Dreith, the referee, gave the Raiders a first down on a penalty of roughing the passer. Hamilton later became a defensive line coach for the Raiders.

Before becoming the defensive line coach for the Falcons, he spent the previous five years in the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hamilton spent two seasons as the Defensive Line Coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2001–2002. In his first season with Cleveland, the Browns tied for fourth in the AFC with 43 sacks. For three seasons, Hamilton served as New England Defensive Line Coach from 1997–99 and joined the New York Jets staff in 2000. His 1998 defensive line tallied 25 of the team 36 sacks, the seventh-best total in the NFL. In 1995, Hamilton joined the Jets in his first stint with the team as the Defensive Line Coach. He guided defensive end Hugh Douglas, who was named the 1995 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. From 1993–94, Hamilton was a member of the Los Angeles Raiders where he developed Chester McGlockton and a defensive line that combined for 83 sacks in his two seasons with the Raiders. In 2006, Hamilton guided defensive end Bobby McCray who developed into one of the AFC top pass rushers as he led Jacksonville with a career-high 10 sacks. The defensive line combined for 29.5 sacks, ranking fourth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game.

In 2018, Hamilton became the defensive line coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football.[2]


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  2. ^ Inabinett, Mark (October 9, 2018). "Cadillac Williams joins Birmingham Iron coaching staff". The Birmingham News. Retrieved October 12, 2018.