Veteran scout wants to work in Baltimore

March 12, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Ron Nay remembers the days when he scouted Ozzie Newsome at Alabama, before Newsome went on to become the Cleveland Browns' career leader in receptions and the NFL's all-time leading pass-catching tight end with 662 receptions over 13 seasons.

Nay hopes to be reunited with Newsome, the director of pro personnel for Baltimore's NFL team.

A 25-year veteran NFL scout who was out of pro football last year, Nay, 55, has expressed interest in a front office job with Baltimore. Newsome said if he makes any changes in his staff, it will not happen until after the NFL draft on April 20-21.

"He is a good scout," Newsome said of Nay. "I've talked to a lot of people who would like to come and work for us. Everything will be assessed and determined after the draft. Right now, I'm happy with the staff we have."

Nay spent 14 years scouting for the San Diego Chargers, including two as the team's scouting director. He drafted offensive tackle Jim Lachey and defensive end Leslie O'Neal in the mid-1980s, both of whom have gone on to have distinguished careers.

He worked as a scout for the New York Jets for seven years, then took a scouting job with Philadelphia in 1994. Shortly before training camp last year, Nay was fired by the Eagles. He spent last fall as a volunteer assistant at Christian High School in San Diego.

"I missed scouting," Nay said. "I really want to get back into it."

Pub Date: 3/12/96

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