NFL Network: Ricky Ray ageless wonder, legend

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray is well-known in Canada but after the Argos won the Grey Cup in Ottawa, NFL Network’s Peter Schrager gave the 38-year-old some much-deserved recognition south of the border.

“I learned this week that Ricky Ray is a legend. Who? Ricky Ray. If that name doesn’t ring a bell you are missing out and you’re also likely not from Manitoba or Saskatoon because Ricky Ray is a Canadian football superstar,” Schrager says emphatically.

“Whereas Tom Brady saw 198 players selected before him in the 2000 NFL draft, Ricky Ray went completely undrafted after a prolific career at Sacramento State. He goes to training camp with the 49ers, he gets cut, he was left with no options, so he goes to play for the Fresno Frenzy of the A2 league, it’s the Arena Football League’s developmental league. Plays a year there he goes north not to San Francisco or Oakland but to Edmonton.”

“And just like Tom Brady’s 2001 season, the starter goes down and Ricky Ray comes in and leads his team to a good season. They win the Grey Cup the following year. Everyone’s excited about him, he takes this big shot, Ricky Ray he goes to the Jets in 2004. He plays six games but after one season, he didn’t see the field, he said ‘you know what? release me. I got unfinished business to take care of.'”

“So he goes back to Canada in 2004 where he began what many will consider the greatest CFL career of all-time. Ray won the Grey Cup – the CFL’s version of the Super Bowl – in 2003, 2005, 2012 and Ricky Ray at the age of 38-years-old leads the Toronto Argonauts to a Grey Cup title. The Argos were huge underdogs in this game, but Ricky Ray wasn’t having it. Toronto did the unthinkable. He is the first quarterback ever to win four Grey Cups. Whether Ricky Ray retires or keeps playing it doesn’t matter, he’s an ageless wonder, a football legend. Ricky Ray we see you.”

Ray and Brady hold the most championships ever by quarterbacks in their respective leagues and – finally – Ray is getting some kudos for his accomplishments in the U.S.

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32 Comments on NFL Network: Ricky Ray ageless wonder, legend

  1. Ray and Brady hold the most championships ever by STARTING quarterbacks in their respective leagues.

    Corrected for accuracy. Warren Moon has more Grey Cup rings with 5, as does Tom Wilkinson. Joe Krol had 6. Ricky is the first Starting QB to win 4 Grey Cups.

    • That’s pretty impressive. So, in the Wilkinson-Moon era, the Esks must have won, what … 10 Grey Cups?

      Just looking for complete accuracy.

      • Bart Oatess // December 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm //

        If you want accuracy, why not call him out for calling him the best player in CFL history as if Flutie never played in Canada. His ignorance is astonishing. Ray’s never been considered the best player in the CFL.

  2. Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 11:21 am //

    Ray is one of my all time favorites. But really you look at him, Brady, Burris and Allan. The older QB winning championships is becoming common place in recent times. Save for his 100 yd TD pass Ray’s efforts were rather pedestrian on Nov 26. I really don’t think there is much of a story there at all.

    • Pedestrian but he won the game. Isn’t it the wins you always talk about? BLM had a very pedestrian season – lots of games under 300 yards – but he won 14 games. Those “pedestrian” games taint his wins, do they? Good to know, Horsie.

      • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 11:54 am //

        I’m not taking anything away from Ray’s victory last week. I’m just saying this story some what over states Ray’s accomplishment. It somewhat leads one to think Ray’s single handily lifted the team on his shoulders. That’s far from the case

        • Argos Rule // December 4, 2017 at 1:57 pm //

          Thats because the Argos are a team, and not a bunch of egotistical individuals like the stamps. Quiet leadership and a game winning drive late in the game from Ray vs blm and his boneheaded endzone interception.

        • True but one QB made his final drive count & another didn’t. The sign of greatness is getting it done when it counts even if you haven’t played well. The defence gave him the ball for one last chance with the win in reach. Call it luck but BLM has said he wants the ball in his hand on a last possession with the game in the balance, as all great ones do. This time, in the Grey Cup, Ricky Ray did what a HOF does – find a way. The rest is academic.

      • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 6:37 pm //

        Oh please. All season I heard how Bo was lucky to win, how awful he was. How his defense was saving his ass.
        Now that I point out another QB winning without having a great game your story on Ricky Rayis “he did enough to win”….please!
        Is the re no end to the stamp hate and the double standards?

  3. Come on Ricky Ray is a hall of fame qb. Horsie youre full of horse shit. Why dont you just go away. Im a Ticats fan and Argo hater but cheered on TO to beat your egotistical QB and coach. Teams go in ebbs and flows. How are you gonna manage when Calgary hits those lows. You look at your team through rose coloured glasses. Seasons over all the teams will start undefeated get over it.

    • @Garney:

      If a QB doesn’t have a big ego he’ll never last. You need a large ego to fail, get up, fail again, then learn to win. A big ego doesn’t mean you have to be an asshole. BLM is confident and believes he can win every game. That’s how a QB should feel. I think you don’t like his attitude, his swagger. Different from ego. That’s personality.
      BTW Garney Henley was my favourite player in high school because I played both ways too. Yes, I’m old !!

  4. Great to see, but it’s no surprise that this rarely happens, and CFL talent doesn’t get much mention in the USA — for the guys in the NFL media biz, it doesn’t sell or hype that league.

    But I think there’s a great deal of awareness (and respect) for players in Canada among the people who are in the business of putting teams on the field.

  5. Now you are underestimating Ricky Ray. On that last TD drive, he did pick apart what was some claim was the best defence in the league. Give him his dues. He played well enough to win and did not give the game away. What more do you want from him? Calgary fans would have been ecstatic if they could say the same about Bo Levi.

    • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm //

      Picked apart our defense?
      You scored a field goal! The motto of Calgary’s defense is bend but don’t break. If we score a TD at end to win or tie it with a field goal no one talks about this play “were he picked apart the defense” anyway. Was Ray on the field for the fumble,TD for Toronto?. No!
      Calgary lost Toronto didn’t win. Most years the winning QB is MVP. That wasn’t even the case this year.
      I’m not taking away from the victory. They are Grey Cup champs. I’m just saying the media is over crediting Ray for the win.

      • Argos Rule // December 4, 2017 at 2:28 pm //

        Do you mean to say the stamps choked again? I fully expect them to choke late in the game, and they did, two times. And the Argos took full advantage both times. Thats what winners do horsie. Losers like the stamps, well , they choke, dont they. 2 years in a row and counting.

        • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 4:42 pm //

          SO where does Toronto go from here?
          5-6 years of obscurity and losing teams? Only to reemerged in one “lucky” playoff run to win a title?….that’s the trend of this organization

          • Argos Rule // December 4, 2017 at 4:58 pm //

            Especially the “ win “ part of your statement. 17 wins, 6 losses in the big game. Maybe the league needs a presidents cup for regular season champs, so your stamps can have their name engraved on something.

          • 2017 GREY CUP CHAMPIONS – TORONTO ARGONAUTS!!!! How sweet it is!!!

          • Lol @ lucky. Beat the Stampeders in 2012 & 2017.

    • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm //

      I think I’d rather have Bo than Rick Ray.

  6. Paul Bomber // December 4, 2017 at 12:56 pm //

    Don’t buy the “you need a big ego to be a good QB” theory. Confidence? Absolutely!! But you don’t need to be all cocky and whut-knot. In fact, one could argue that at times, an over inflated ego can interfere with development.
    I think the great Ricky Ray would agree.

    • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm //

      Well I’d say Bo as developed quit well. He has the highest winning percentage in CFL history.

      • Argos Rule // December 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm //

        If it wasnt for the refs calling a penalty on an iffy infraction that had no influence on the play, then bo would be 0-3 in the grey cup. By your critiqueing standards, bo was outplayed by zach in that game.

        • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm //

          Or if it wasn’t for a missed PI call on Marquay Mcdaniel on that pick we’d be he’d be 2-1 in Grey Cups.
          Don’t worry I’m a stamps fan, not a riders fans, I won’t bring that up again even though it’s true

          • Argos Rule // December 4, 2017 at 5:08 pm //

            There was no pass interference on that play. Mcdaniels just put in the same lame effort on that play as he did on vaughn’s fumble return. Ive seen you dish out a lot of bullshit this season about the riders and their fans, and now your team chokes again in the grey cup,so now its the argos turn for your bs. Horsie, you are the sorest loser imaginable. Why don’t you go suck on your soother and maybe mommy can burp you after. We are the champions, we are the champions, no time for losers, cause we are the champions, of the cfl.

      • Paul Bomber // December 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm //

        I’m not sure if Bo’s development “quit”, as you say, because of his ego, I’m just suggesting you don’t need an over-sized ego to succeed, and that it might hurt. For example, thinking you’re so awesome, you can throw into double coverage when the big game is on the line.

        • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm //

          smart ass.

          Its one play. Look at his body of work. He will go down as one of the very best.
          I dodn’t understand this stamp bashing, I’m sure there are many Stam seasons in recent times bombers fans would love to trade for even if we didn’t win the cup’

          Question….are you a Brett Favre Fan?

          • Argos Rule // December 4, 2017 at 5:10 pm //

            I wouldnt be bashing you if you didnt bash my team first, or any other team for that matter. From what ive seen , you are the sole reason for the stamp bashing.

          • Paul Bomber // December 4, 2017 at 5:42 pm //

            Thanks, I consider the smart a$$ retort the highest of compliments. Don’t really follow the NoFunLeague to be honest with you. And yeah, Bo does have a pretty impressive body of work. I just appreciate a humble guy who is more action than mouth. And yes, certainly challenging being a Bummer fan the last decade or two.

      • Sure, in the regular season. 1 for 3 in the Grey Cup and probably won’t make it to the 2018 Grey Cup with the team getting older and roster turnover.

  7. Scottsask // December 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm //

    Great story

    • Scott. Yes great story. For the critics out there … you can’t stand taller by pulling someone else down. Ray’s story is inspirational and good PR for the League. There are other similar stories that should be told.

      Trying to diminish the accomplishments of a great player and fine person to make points in a childish feud is small.

      Ray has never played on “my” team but I can tell you that … in a one score game with two minutes left … you did not want to see Ray with his hands on the ball.

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