GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Ray Bentley is a Hudsonville native, athlete, broadcaster and children’s book author. Now, he’s a novelist, too.
After going to school at Central Michigan University, Bentley played 10 years as a linebacker in the pros. The first three were in the old USFL, where he won a championship with the Michigan Panthers. He spent seven more years in the NFL, the fist six of which were in Buffalo, where he played in two Super Bowls.
He then became a head coach and general manager in the Arena Football League. He was also a longtime college and pro football network play-by-play man and color commentator for FOX, ESPSN and NBC. He was also the host of a West Michigan radio program. Bentley previously authored a series of children’s books.
His first novel, “Driftwood,” was released in June. It’s the fictional story of a longtime professional football player going for his second championship title.
==Above, Bentley joins Sports Overtime to discuss his new novel.==