Ray was in the National Football League for seven seasons: four with the Jets, one with the Patriots, and two with the Miami Dolphins.
Lucas was a favorite player of Bill Parcells during Parcells’ time in New England and with the Jets, and was one of the players Parcells eventually brought over from the Patriots to the Jets. The son of a Giants season ticket holder, Lucas, who grew up at Exit 15W has said that he could have walked to the Meadowlands and knew the stadium well.
Lucas started in the Jets’ 1999 preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers, and Parcells had him in the running for the starting and second-string quarterback role during that season. After starting QB Vinny Testaverde was injured in the first game of the season, Lucas started several games.
Following his playing days, Lucas began to talk about the game. Lucas worked for SportsNet New York as an analyst to Jets programs such as pre-game and post-game shows and weekly updates, before leaving in 2020.
On March 28, 2008, Lucas was named to the Hudson County Sports Hall of Fame and in 2014, Lucas co-wrote the book Under Pressure: How Playing Football Almost Cost Me Everything and Why’d I’d Do It All Again.
In the book, Lucas explains how he turned to painkillers after his career-ending injury, and how the abuse of painkillers leaves many former players unable to lead a normal life once their playing days are over. Lucas also tells how he overcame the addiction and turned his life around.
In March 2018, Lucas was named Executive Director of the Harrison New Jersey Housing Authority serving in the same capacity that his father did for 27 years.\
Lucas, lives in his hometown of Harrison with his wife, Cecy, and their three daughters: Rayven, Madison, and Kayla.