"Walter Camp and Hugh Ray are the only two men ever to have owned the copyright to the rules of football. Camp's was a copyright to the early rules and Rules Books, while Ray's ownership came three ways: from his copyright of the"Football Rules Thru Play Situations" from his unique Rules Book format which is still universally used and his authorship of hundreds of playing rules."
Why did the NCAA's leaders feel so betrayed by their discovery of Hugh Ray's close association with the NFL in 1937? At the time, college football reigned supreme and the NCAA scorned the fledgling pro game. Collegiate football was though to be a gentleman's game, played by amateurs for school pride, while the pros were a bunch of louts playing for cash.
"Hugh (Shorty) Ray. . . has done more for the game generally and officiating in particular, than any other man. In fact, many experts concede that Shorty actually did much to save the game during the dark days 20 years ago  when football was under a cloud of mounting injuries, outmoded rules, haphazard officiating and draggy contests".
" HUGH RAY---Pundit of Pro Football" So said The Washington Post in a 1941 pictorial article. The first picture shows Ray explaining "Referee Techniques: Hugh Ray, bald-headed chap with the specs, and Commissioner Elmer Layden contrast the Red Friesell technique for refereeing with that of other officials.
You do not really know NFL history until you have read THE NFL's MR. Einstein about Hugh L. Ray aka "Shorty". Hugh Ray was the man who wrote the rules for the NFL and the game would not exist today without his contributions. visit www.hughrayfootball.com to read the preface and access a link to buy the book on Amazon.
HISTORICAL REVISIONISM AT THE NFL AND PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Why have the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame gone to such great lengths to remove Hugh L. Ray's rules authorship references from their history? What kind of legitimate history eliminates the author of its rules, Rules Book, and master designer of the modern football game from its history? www.hughrayfootball.com
HUGH (SHORTY) RAY This are quotes from Ray's 1966 Pro Football Hall of Fame Biography: "Ray is pro football's unknown hero who saved a dull game from extinction half a century ago and played a major role in making the sport the fast-paced wide-open game of today." (c) Pro Football Hall of Fame
HUGH (SHORTY) RAY WAS ENSHRINED IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME IN 1966. "Ray was responsible for adoption, first the the high schools and later by the pros, of the rule permitting forward passing from anywhere behind the line of scrimmage. Previously the passer had to be back five yards."
"1956---Hugh L. Shorty" Ray, technical advisor of the National Football League from 1938-1952, author of rules, friend of officials and players died in his 72nd year. (Sept.16.)" This quote is taken from the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE,1958 RECORD AND RULES MANUAL where it appeared until from 1957-1965. Why would the NFL take their great rules genius out of its history? I believe it had to do with greed, copyright ownership concerns and some very large egos. www.hughrayfootball.com
Hugh Ray passed away in Los Angeles,on September 16,1956. The following is taken from his September 17, 1956 obituary in The Chicago Tribune: "HUGH L. RAY, GRIDIRON CODE PIONEER, DIES. . . Hugh L. Ray . . . rewrote pro code Institutes Clinics - Ray later became a Big Ten football official. His officiating led to a detailed clinical investigation of football out of which Ray gathered the data to bring about a complete change in the approach to the game of football and officiating.
Hugh L. Ray devised the rules of the modern American football game from 1929-1952. During that time he also invented the "Basketball Play Situations Book" in 1930 and many basketball rules. Ray's renown was such that "Ford Frick [the Commissioner of Major League Baseball] had him out two watch the Cubs play at Wrigley Field hoping that Ray could duplicate his football feat of speeding up games. Frick offered him a job with the National League."
In 1954 Hugh Ray suffered a near fatal accidental fall at his daughter's suburban Chicago home. In response George Halas his close friend and colleague paid Ray this glowing tribute in the 1954 Chicago Bears Game Program: "No one, not even the great players. . . Luckman, Baugh, Van Buren, Nagurski, Grange Battles, Hutson . . . has made a greater contribution to the high standard of football played in the National Football League than H. L. "Shorty" Ray.
George Halas the legendary founder, owner and coach of the Chicago Bears called "Shorty Ray the rules genius, who rewrote the Rules for the National Football League." Discover why---visit www.hughrayfootball.com and read "THE NFL'S MR. EINSTEIN." It's the true history of American football..