Saguaro QB Mason Bray gets Arizona offer after death of dad, a former Wildcat standout


Scottsdale Saguaro senior quarterback Mason Bray posted a photo of his father Heath Bray from when he played football at the University of Arizona in the early 1990s, after Mason picked up an offer from the Wildcats on Wednesday.

On Saturday, Heath Bray died at age 54. The Arizona Wildcats’ football program was among those announcing his death on social media. Heath’s brother, Aaron Bray, also confirmed Heath’s death in a Facebook post, saying he died of a heart attack.

Mason, who wore the same number 14 his dad wore at UA, wrote on his X post, “Beyond blessed to have earned an opportunity to play football at The University of Arizona!!” with the hashtag #14Forever. That was his father’s jersey number, as a big part of the Wildcats’ feared Desert Swarm defense in 1992.

Heath was one of Mason’s biggest cheerleaders after his son emerged last summer as Saguaro’s starting quarterback.

Mason Bray had waited his turn to become the starting quarterback and seized his moment. He led an injury-plagued Saguaro team to the 6A championship, after it wasn’t able to get into the Open for the first time since the eight-team Open started in 2019.

But Mason was late in the recruiting game, and, after picking up his grades to qualify, he searched for offers.

He finally may be getting his chance in Tucson, where Heath Bray took off as a multi-position athlete, playing safety on coach Dick Tomey’s feared Desert Swarm defense. Heath Bray, who got the nickname “Crash,” came to UA as a quarterback. He played that position, along with defensive back and linebacker for the Wildcats.

The Arizona Football program and Wildcat community are saddened to announce the passing of Heath Bray.

Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go out to the Bray family during this time.

He will forever be an Arizona Wildcat.


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Publish date : 2024-04-04 00:53:40

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