Category Archives: Wray Carlton
Much is said about Cookie Gilchrist and his time in the Buffalo Bills backfield, and rightfully so. However, the Bills had another fullback, named Wray Carlton, who was with the team from 1960-1967. Not as flashy as Gilchrist, Carlton was your typical blue collar player. A tough 6’2″ and 225 lbs, Carlton averaged 4.1 yards-per-carry over the course of his eight-year career. Carlton was a two-time AFL All-Star (1965 & 1966), and led the AFL in yards-per-carry in 1962 (5.6) and rushing touchdowns in 1966 (6)
Wray Carlton is one of those ballplayers who doesn’t usually receive the recognition that his is due, especially by those football fans outside of the Buffalo area. Sharing time on a squad that featured Jack Kemp, Cookie Gilchrist and others, Carlton was often overshadowed on the Bills offense by players with bigger names (and personalities).
In January of 2012, however, Wray Carlton was tabbed for induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. The full article can be found HERE, on the website of Carlton’s alma mater, Duke University.