The Toronto Argonauts know the value of having a veteran quarterback like Ricky Ray, who led them to a Grey Cup championship to cap off last year’s CFL season. Ray and the Argos will get the American spotlight on Friday, July 13 when they visit his former team, the Edmonton Eskimos on ESPN2.
Ray is one of the most decorated signal-callers ever to step on a CFL field. However, he was never able to parlay his success to an NFL career, despite attempts early on with both the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets. Still, he’s had a stellar CFL career and is the all-time passing leader in passing yardage, pass completions and passing touchdowns for the Edmonton Eskimos as well as that of passing yards and touchdowns for the Argos.
On top of all that, last year he became the first player in CFL history to throw for 100 touchdowns with two different franchises. And, he is the only CFL quarterback with four Grey Cup titles; earning two each (so far) with Edmonton and Toronto.
After two stints and nine seasons with the Eskimos from 2002 to 2011, Ray was traded to Toronto before the 2012 season and responded by helping his new team win a title. Injuries have played a role in his time on the field, especially in 2015 and 2016, but he played in 17 games last season en-route to another title. Now 38, Ray openly considered retirement before signing a one-year deal with Toronto for 2018.
Born: Oct. 22, 1979
Birthplace: Happy Camp, California
Height/Weight: 6 foot, 3 inches / 210-pounds
Teams: 2001 San Francisco 49ers, 2001; Edmonton Eskimos, 2002-2003, 2005-2011; New York Jets, 2004; Toronto Argonauts, 2012-2018
College: Sacramento State
Honors and Achievements: Grey Cup champion, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2017; CFL All-Star, 2006, 2013, Grey Cup MVP, 2005