Gridiron standout and Texas A&M All-American Ray Childress was known as ‘a one man wrecking crew’. A first round pick by the Houston Oilers in the 1985 NFL draft, the five-time All-Pro lineman dominated at both defensive end and defensive tackle, and honored his commitment to ‘give your very best on every play’. In doing so, Childress gained the total respect of his college and NFL teammates, and opposing coaches and players as well.
He has been inducted in to the Texas High School Hall of Fame, The Texas A&M Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and most recently was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Even with these honors, Childress regards his greatest accomplishment as having been elected team captain for nine seasons with the Houston Oilers, and the leadership he demonstrated during that time.
His commitment to his four children and helping young people in the community led him and his wife Kara to establish The Childress Foundation in 1992. The foundation provides programs to enhance student success, promote productive citizenship, and develop effective life skills. It has funded over $1,500,000 in scholarships to students who have demonstrated character and good citizenship in the face of adversity and who want to continue their education through vocational training or college.
Following his 12 year career in the NFL, Ray was owner/CEO for 10 years of the Ray Childress Auto Group and a Limited Partner in the Houston Texans. In addition to sitting on numerous advisory boards, Childress has been a member of Young Presidents Organization since 1998. In his never-ending quest for learning (and earning!) he formed Childress Directional Drilling, LLC. His CDD team provides excellent service to valued clients.