Two Fan Icons: Crazy Ray and Chief Zee

If you’re a die-hard Dallas Cowboys or a Washington Redskins fan you know these two. Wilford Jones aka “Crazy Ray” was the unofficial mascot of the Dallas Cowboys. Crazy Ray was what I called a super fan.

He won the hearts of every Cowboys fan nationwide, he was given a Special Parking Pass and All-access for home games. Whether you watched him in person at a Cowboys game or on television Ray left a lasting impression on you.

Sadly, Crazy Ray died on March 17, 2007 from heart disease and diabetes at age of 76 in Dallas, Texas. He missed only three games in 46 seasons.

Zema Williams akaChief Zee” was the Redskins unofficial mascot. A die hard fan of the Redskins, you could see him at all the Washington Redskins games. He was known for wearing his American Indian head dress and a tomahawk.  Since 1978 Chief Zee only missed four Redskins home games.

Chief Zee was so loved that November 7, 1985 was declared “Chief Zee Day” in Washington, DC.

The two were great friends on and off the field when Crazy Ray passed Chief Zee spoke at his memorial service. Chief zee started to tear up and he thought it’d be fitting to take a Cowboys hat from someone and his head-dress off  in the audience and yell “COWBOYS!!”

Television sportscaster Pat Summerall was sitting by the speakers and asked why Chief Zee was crying and he said, “Because I had to put that Cowboys hat on it made me cry, Crazy Ray is going to be missed. What a class act.