Ray Easterling, a standout defensive back for the Richmond Spiders from 1969-71 and in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons, passed away April 19, 2012 at his home in Richmond. Mr. Easterling was 62.
Mr. Easterling was an All-Southern Conference selection in 1970 and 1971 and played in the 1972 Coaches All-America Game. He had six interceptions in 1970, the fifth highest total in school history. He returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns, also a school record. He is eighth on UR's career interception list with 10. He was team captain and made the All-State team in 1971.
He won eleven letters at Collegiate High School, in Richmond, where he also participated in baseball, track and soccer. Easterling played professionally with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons from 1972-79.
From 1974-77, he started 56 games for Atlanta. The 1977 defense set an NFL record for fewest points allowed in a 14-game season. Mr. Easterling played in 83 NFL games, and recorded 13 interceptions.
Mr. Easterling was inducted into the University of Richmond Athletics Hall of Fame with the Class of 1996.
A service of celebration will take place Monday, April 23, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Sycamore Presbyterian Church in Midlothian.