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Ray Ulinski

Football ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

Ray Ulinski made his home in State College for more than fifty years, but that was not entirely on purpose. At Ambridge High School, Ray was an honorable mention All Stater and made first team All State as a senior. Ohio State and legendary coach Paul Brown was his choice for college, but a funny thing happened: Ray made a visit to Penn State to see a friend but wasn’t allowed to leave after a school-wide quarantine was imposed. Ray began taking classes there and became quite a football player. His college career was interrupted by a three year stint in the service during World War II, but Ray returned to help Penn State to an undefeated season and a berth in the 1948 Cotton Bowl. Later that year, Ray had a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers but was the final cut from that roster and returned to assist with the Penn State freshman team. One year later, he began his long career as a trainer. Originally, Ray worked with athletes in five different sports, but that eventually evolved to where Ray was working with student-athletes in 28 varsity sports at Penn State. All in all, Ray spent 35 years as a trainer at the college. In 1984 Ray retired and was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame, one of seven inductees from among 12,000 trainers nationwide.