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'50s Redskins Player Knox Ramsey Dies

By Louie Estrada
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 26, 2005; Page B06

Knox Ramsey, 79, a former linebacker and right guard with the Washington Redskins who went on to manage two chemical plants in Hopewell, Va., died March 19 at Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond. He lived in Ditchley, Va.

Mr. Ramsey played for the Redskins from 1951 to 1953, part of that time with future Hall of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh.

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Before joining the Redskins, the quick-footed Mr. Ramsey, who stood 6 feet 2 and weighed 215 pounds, played for the Chicago Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dons.

His older brother Garrard S. "Buster" Ramsey also played professional football and was the first head coach of the American Football League's Buffalo Bills.

Both Ramseys played football at the College of William & Mary, where they earned several sports honors.

Knox Ramsey was selected for three consecutive years to Virginia's all-state teams and the Southern Conference teams. He also was named to the all-time state of Virginia team and the all-time William & Mary football team.

He was named to the William & Mary Hall of Fame. Mr. Ramsey was a graduate of William & Mary. He was born in Speed, Ind.

After an injury led to his retirement from professional football in 1953, Mr. Ramsey moved to southern Virginia, where he worked first for Reynolds Metals Co. and then Imperial Chemical Industries Americas Inc. He helped build two ICI chemical plants in Hopewell, then worked as site manager of the facilities from 1970 until his retirement in 1988.

He was active in civic and business associations, including the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his brother, survivors include his wife of 56 years, Betty Brann Ramsey of Ditchley; three children, Kathryn Daryl Joslin of Seattle, William Brann Ramsey of Great Falls and Knox Wagner Ramsey Jr. of Tampa; and seven grandchildren.

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