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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