Raymond Berry

HBW’s Honorary Chairman, Mentor and Inspiration

Often, as children, we tend to idolize certain people that appear larger than life, whether athletes, entertainers, even politicians and hopefully, adults that are part of our lives. These perceptions are often better left at a distance because so often, our heroes tend to have feet of clay, their public persona vastly different from the reality of who they really are.

In Raymond Berry’s case, the opposite is true. As a pass receiver for the Baltimore Colts, Raymond, along with his quarterback, Johnny Unitas, built a Hall-of-Fame career and retired as the best receiver in the NFL at that time. As great as he was as a player, Raymond is a Hall-of-Fame person, a better human being than he was as a player. Raymond exhibits the finest characteristics of any person I have ever known and in the words of sportswriter John Steadman, “He was yards apart from any other athlete that you would ever want to meet. Just a tremendous credit to humanity and it makes you pleased to know that in your lifetime you have had an opportunity to know a man like Raymond Berry, who has been given most of all the good qualities that God wants man to have and very few of its weaknesses.” Speaking for all of us at HBW who know and love him, Raymond makes everyone who knows him, all of us, better people.

Barney Hellenbrand



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