Rayford Jerald Coates (May 8, 1924 – July 3, 2013) was a professional
player. He played two seasons in the
(NFL) as a
New York Giants. He attended
Louisiana State University, where he played
 He was MVP of the 1947
Cotton Bowl. He was also a member of LSU’s 1946 SEC championship baseball team. For five decades he held the LSU record for longest punt, at 76-yards against Rice in 1944.
He scored four
touchdowns in his professional career: three rushing in
1948 and one receiving in
 He also threw a touchdown pass in 1948, and recorded an
interception and four
fumble recoveries on defense in 1949.