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Raymond "Ray" Kuffel

Position: Forward/Center
Height: 6'3“
Weight: 213
Born: December 9th, 1921
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
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Marquette Basketball Career (1941-1943)

Ray Kuffel joined the Marquette Basketball team in 1941, and made an immediate impact, leading the team in scoring during the 1941-42 season with 8.4 PPG. He again lead the team in scoring in 1942-43 with 8.9 ppg. Expected to be a big contributor as a junior in 1943-44, he instead was drafted into the Army and stationed in South Bend, Indiana.

Notre Dame Career (1943-1945)

While in South Bend, Kuffel was a member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football team, where he started at Wide Receiver for two years. During Kuffel's tenure at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish went 17-3, and were the National Champions in 1943-44.

Marquette Basketball Career (1946-1947)

After his commitment to the Army ended with the end of World War II, Kuffel returned to Milwaukee to attend the Marquette Dental School. Rules being different in those days, he was able to play one more season and averaged 5.8 PPG.

Marquette Football Career (1941-1942, 1946)

Kuffel was a three year letter winner in football at Marquette, where he was a starter at Wide Receiver. His 1946 season was one of the greatest in Marquette history resulting in his being named an All-American.

Football Accolades

  • 1946 All-American
  • 1946 All-Catholic All-American
  • 1947 McCahill Award Winner
  • 1996 M Club Hall of Fame Inductee

Professional Career

Kuffel was drafted in Round 20 of the 1944 NFL Draft by the then Chicago Cardinals. He chose to return to school at Notre Dame, rather than join the NFL. After his playing career at Marquette was over, he joined the Buffalo Bills of the All American Football Conference, and early competitor of the NFL. He played for three seasons in the AAFC with three different teams.

Life After Sports

Upon retiring from professional football, Kuffel returned to Marquette where he completed his DDS, and became a prominent dentist in the Milwaukee area.


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