Hall of Fame QB Ricky Ray to be added to All-Time Argos list

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The Toronto Argonauts are adding quarterback Ricky Ray to the All-Time Argos this season with his induction taking place on June 28.

“It was indeed astonishing to me that someone so quiet could make so much noise on the field,” said Argos general manager Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons in a statement.

“Ricky Ray’s records and multiple Grey Cup rings say more than he ever would! The enormity of his excellence is complemented by his uncommon modesty, quiet confidence, and unquestionable character. He is among the best to have ever dressed in the Double Blue and his induction into the list of All-Time Argos is quite frankly overdue!”

The six-foot-three, 210-pound native of Happy Camp, Calif. was acquired by Toronto via trade from Edmonton on Dec. 12, 2011 and played seven seasons with the team, becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards (20,205), touchdown passes (114), completions (1,757), attempts (2,476), and completion percentage (71.0). He also holds the records for most 300-yard games in a season (13), most completions in a season (474), most completions in a game (40), and consecutive completions (21).

“The recognition of elite players as All-Time Argos was made for people like Ricky Ray,” said Stace Coray, president of the Argonauts Alumni Association. “In other years the vote has been exceptionally close, but this year our members left no doubt which player they felt should be added to the list of Argo greats. Our association is thrilled to celebrate Ricky’s enormous contributions to the Double Blue as a player, leader, and two-time Grey Cup champion.”

The All-Time Argonauts program was founded in 1997 and has since added 26 members, most recently Damon Allen and Derrell Mitchell.

The Argonauts are currently on a bye after opening the regular season with an upset victory over the B.C. Lions.