“Why not two?”
That was Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray’s response as fans and teammates chanted “one more year” at the team’s Grey Cup rally in Toronto on Tuesday.
While it’s not exactly definitive, it’s another indication that the 38-year-old plans to return to the CFL next season. There has been speculation that Ray might retire after winning the Grey Cup, going out on top like his predecessor Henry Burris.
Ray enjoyed a resurgent 2017 campaign, his first under Argos head coach Marc Trestman. Ray entered the season with a reputation for being injury prone after he appeared in just 12 games over the previous two years due to an assortment of ailments. But that didn’t bother Trestman, who named Ray his starter the day he officially took the coaching helm.
Ray rewarded Trestman’s faith by registering his first 5,000-yard passing season since ’08 and the fourth of his career. That earned Ray the East Division’s outstanding player nomination, finishing second to eventual winner Mike Reilly of the Edmonton Eskimos, the league’s passing leader.
Ray finished the Grey Cup with 19-of-32 passing for 297 yards with a TD, which came on a record-breaking 100-yard, first-half completion to DeVier Posey. That earned Posey, who finished with seven receptions for 175 yards, MVP honours.
A record-setting Grey Cup win further solidifies Ray as one of the best quarterbacks in CFL history. This season, he became just the fourth quarterback to surpass 60,000 career passing yards, with the previous three – Anthony Calvillo, Damon Allen and Burris – all members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
– with files from CP