|Birth: ||Dec. 6, 1915|
|Death: ||Mar. 4, 1964|
Professional Football Player. A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, McLean excelled in sports at the Cushing Academy High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, and then the St. Anselm College, also in Manchester, New Hampshire, before going pro. At 5 feet 11 inches and 167 pounds, he was one of the smallest players to play in the National Football League. A talented halfback and quarterback, McLean played a total of eight years for the National Football League's Chicago Bears, from 1940 to 1947. His greatest moments with the Bears included holding several club records including one of them being an 89-yard punt return against the Chicago Cardinals in 1942, and winning four championship games with the Bears, including the famed 73 to 0 rout of the Washington Redskins in the 1940 title game. McLean retired from playing football in 1948, to turn to coaching. He became a football coach at the Lewis College in Lockport, Illinois, and then as an Assistant Coach to the now defunct All-America Football Conference team, the Chicago Rockets. In 1951, he returned to the National Football League, and served as an assistant to the Green Bay Packer's Gene Ronzani. After Ronzani's departure, McLean stayed with the team as a backfield coach, and then as coach in 1953, and 1958. His last season with the Bears was 1-10-1. He was eventually replaced as coach by Lisle Blackbourn, and Blackbourn was replaced by the famed Vince Lombardi. McLean also served as a backfield coach for the Detroit Lions in 1959. On March 4, 1964, McLean passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer, at the Ann Arbor University Hospital. At the time of his death, he was considered to be one of the most popular men in the history of the National Football League. The Ray McLean Scholarship was later established in his memory.
In 1953 Packers Assistant Coaches McLean and Hugh Devore served as interim Head Coaches for the final two games of the season, following the resignation of Head Coach Gene Ronzani.
In 1958, Assistant Coach McLean was promoted to Head Coach following the resignation of Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn. After a 1-10-1 season, McLean resigned, and the Packers hired Vince Lombardi.
Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery
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Record added: Apr 29, 2007
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