Ricky
Ray
#15 Quarterback
Ricky
Ray
#15 Quarterback
Height 6'3
Weight 214 lbs
Birth Date (Age) 1979-10-22 (39)
Born Happy Camp, CA
School Sacramento State
INT / NAT INT
Completions 34
Attempts 54
Yards 307
Touchdowns 0

CFL: 15

Argos: 7

Acquired: Traded to Toronto from Edmonton on December 12, 2011 in exchange for import QB Steven Jyles, non-import K Grant Shaw and the club’s first pick in the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft (DL Jabar Westerman)…Signed contract extension with Toronto on May 31, 2013. Signed a contract extension with the Argonauts on December 3, 2015.

 

Games played through 2017

Regular Season: 224 (17 with Toronto in 2017, 9 with Toronto in 2016, 2 with Toronto in 2015, 17 with Toronto in 2014, 11 with Toronto in 2013, 14 with Toronto in 2012, 18 with Toronto in 2011, 17 with Edmonton in 2010, 18 with Edmonton in 2009, 18 with Edmonton in 2008, 13 with Edmonton in 2007, 18 with Edmonton in 2006, 18 with Edmonton in 2005, 18 with Edmonton in 2003, 18 with Edmonton in 2002)

Playoffs: 14 (1 with Toronto in 2017, 1 with Toronto in 2015, 1 with Toronto in 2013, 2 with Toronto in 2012, 2 with Edmonton in 2011, 1 with Edmonton in 2009, 2 with Edmonton in 2008, 2 with Edmonton in 2005, 1 with Edmonton in 2003, 1 with Edmonton in 2002.

Grey Cup: 5 (1 with Toronto in 2017, 1 with Toronto in 2012, 1 with Edmonton in 2005, 1 with Edmonton in 2003, 1 with Edmonton in 2002)

 

Career:

2017: Started 17 games in his sixth season with the Argos…Completed 474-of-668 passes (71.0%) for 5,546 yards and 28 touchdowns while rushing eight times for 52 yards…Moved into first place in franchise history for career passing yards (19,898), career pass attempts (2,422), and career passing touchdowns (114) while maintaining the team’s highest career completion percentage (71.1%)…Set a new single-season record for pass completions (474) while posting the second-highest single-season yardage total (5,546) and third-highest pass attempts total (668) in franchise history…Completed 40-of-55 pass attempts to set new single-game records in both categories for an Argos QB…Named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Player for the third time…Named a divisional All-Star for the fourth time…Named a CFL Top Performer of the Week in Week 1 vs. HAM (June 25) after completing 32-of-41 pass attempts for 506 yards and one touchdown…Named a CFL Top Performer in Week 20 at BC after completing 26-of-34 pass attempts for 341 yards and three touchdowns…Moved into third in CFL history for pass completions (4,942), fourth in league history for pass attempts (7,247), and fourth in passing touchdowns (325). Playoffs: Started the East Final vs. SSK, passing for 266 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 28-of-39 passing…Orchestrated a 10-play, 68-yard comeback drive, capped with the game-winning touchdown with 0:39 remaining. 105th Grey Cup: Started the 105th Grey Cup vs. CGY, passing for 297 yards and one touchdown on 19-of-32 passing…Became the first quarterback in CFL history to win four Grey Cups as a starter…Connected on the longest offensive TD in GC history on a 100-yard pass TD to DeVier Posey.

 

2016: Started nine regular-season games in his fifth season with Toronto…completed 222-of-298 passes (74.5) for 2,397 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing 13 times for 53 yards…finished the season ranked second all-time in club history for passing yards (14,352), attempts (1,754) and touchdowns (86)…moved into fourth all-time on the CFL’s passing list (54,883)…completed 14 consecutive passes to open the game vs. BC on August 31 to record the clubs third-longest single-game streak…became the first CFL quarterback to record 3,000 career passing yards on Labour Day in Week 11 at Hamilton…made his 200th career start on November 5 at Edmonton, becoming just the fifth quarterback in CFL history to do so.

 

2015: Dressed in nine regular season games, starting in two, in his fourth season with the Argonauts…missed nine games as he was recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Completed 47-of-65 passing attempts (72.3%) from 423 yards and one touchdown while adding two carries for five yards. Returned to the Argonauts lineup as the club’s starter in Week 19 vs. BC on October 30. Playoffs: Started in the Eastern Semi-Final at Hamilton. Completed 22-of-34 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown while rushing three times for 15 yards.

 

2014: Started 17 regular season games with Toronto. Completed 425 of 620 passing attempts (68.5%) for 4,595 yards and 28 touchdowns to 15 interceptions. Named a CFL and East Division All-Star and was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Player. Named Offensive Player of the Week in the CFL for Week 16. Named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Player and a CFL and East Division All-Star.

 

2013: Played in 11 regular season games, starting in 10, in his second season in Toronto. Missed seven games due to a shoulder injury. Completed 234-of-303 passing attempts for 2878 passing yards (77.2%) and 21 touchdowns to just two interceptions. Added 11 carries for 61 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Set the club record and ranks second in CFL history for consecutive pass completions with 21 and a career-high passing yard total of 505 yards in Week 18. Set the CFL and his own Argonauts record for highest completion percentage in a single-season (77.2). Set the CFL record for highest passer efficiency rating (126.37), completion percentage in a single-game (19-of-20, 95%), completions in a single-game (38) and lowest percentage of interceptions throwing in a single-season (0.66%), as he went 222 consecutive passing attempts without an interception…nominated the Argonauts Most Outstanding Player and named a CFL and East Division All-Star. Playoffs: Started in the Eastern Final vs. Hamilton. Completed 22-of-32 passing attempts for 329 yards and two touchdowns.

 

2012: Started in 14 regular season games in his first season with the Argonauts. Completed 321-of-468 passes for 4,059 passing yards and 20 touchdowns to 11 interceptions while rushing 17 times for 84 yards. Set the club record for completion percentage in a single-season (68.6%). Moved into 7th on the CFL all-time passing list, passing former Argonauts Doug Flutie. Playoffs: Started in both the Eastern Semi-Final and Eastern Final. Had 638 yards and three touchdowns on 51-of-67 passing attempts (76.1%) while rushing four times for 19 yards and a touchdown. 100th Grey Cup: Started in the 100th Grey Cup, completing 18-of-31 passes for 231 yards (60%) for two touchdowns and one interception. His numbers in the Grey Cup tied him for 2nd most passing touchdowns by an Argonauts in a Grey Cup as well as the 4th most passes completed and attempted by an Argonaut in Grey Cup game.

 

2011: Started in all 18 regular season games for the Eskimos in his ninth season with the club after signing an extension on January 22. Completed 343-of-526 passing attempts (65.2%) for 4,594 yards and 24 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. Rushed 31 times for 258 yards and a touchdown. His 4,000+ passing yards marked the sixth time in his career. Named CFL Offensive Player of the Month for July and the CFL Offensive Player of the Week in Week 17. Playoffs: Started the Western Semi-Final and Western Final, completing 40-of-67 passes for 542 yards for three touchdowns to three interceptions while rushing six times for 19 yards and a touchdown. Traded to the Toronto Argonauts from Edmonton Eskimos on December 12 in exchange for QB Steven Jyles, K Grant Shaw and the club’s first pick in the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft (DL Jabar Westerman).

 

2010: Played in 17 regular season games, starting in 16, in his eighth season with the Eskimos. Completed 288-of-448 passes (64.3%) for 3,565 yards and 11 touchdowns to 16 interceptions. Rushed 36 times for 302 yards and three touchdowns. Recorded his best career rushing game, with 135 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in Week 15.

 

2009: Started all 18 games in his seventh season in Edmonton. Led the CFL in passing yards for the third time in his career with 4,916 yards on 401-of-596 passing yards and 22 touchdowns to 12 interceptions while rushing 467 times for 206 yards and six touchdowns. Playoffs: Started in the West Semi-Final at Calgary. Completed 18-of-30 passes for 162 yards and rushed four times for 17 yards and a touchdown

 

2008: Started in all 18 regular season games for the Eskimos. Led the CFL and set the club record for passing yards in a single-season with 5,663 yards and 26 touchdowns on 422-of-605 passing attempts while adding 75 carries for 258 yards and five touchdowns en route to being named the CFL Offensive Player of the Week four times and the Eskimos nominee for Most Outstanding Player for the fifth time. Set the Eskimos club record for career passing touchdowns on October 31. Set the CFL single-game record with a completion percentage of 92. Playoffs: Started in both the East Semi-Final win at Winnipeg and East Final loss at Montreal, completed 53 of 86 passes for 642 yards with 1 TD and carried 4 times for 25 yards.

 

2007: Started 13 regular season games in his fifth season with the Eskimos. Missed five games due to a shoulder injury. Completed 311-of-445 passing attempts for 3,652 yards and 22 touchdowns to 10 interceptions while adding 41 carries for 232 yards. Nominated the Eskimos Most Outstanding Player for the fourth straight year. Set a new club record for career passing yards.

 

2006: Started in all 18 regular season games in his fourth season with the Esks. Led the CFL with 5,000 passing yards on 406-of-618 pass completion and 21 touchdowns to 18 interceptions. Added a career-high 92 carries for 469 yards and nine touchdowns. Named a CFL and West Division All-Star. Nominated the Eskimos Most Outstanding Player for the third consecutive season. Became the Eskimos all-time leader in completions on September 30.

 

2005: Re-signed by the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent on May 16. Completed 479-of-715 passing attempts for 5,510 passing yards and 25 touchdowns while adding 84 carries for 353 yards and nine touchdowns en route to being named the Eskimos Most Outstanding Player. Set a new CFL record for completions in a season (479) passing Doug Flutie. Became one of three Eskimos players to surpass 5,000 yards passing in a single-season (Warren Moon & Jason Maas). Threw for a career-high five TD passes vs. Hamilton on August 5. Completed career-high 40 passes vs. Toronto. Playoffs: Started in both the Western Semi-Final and Western Final. Completed 29-of-49 passes for 306 yards and added 10 carries for 29 yards and two touchdowns. 93rd Grey Cup: Started in the 93rd Grey Cup completed 35-of-45 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns and four passes for 18 yards and a touchdown en route to being named the Grey Cup MVP.

 

2004: Signed as a free agent by the NFL’s New York Jets. Released by the team on September 6. Re-signed to the Jets practice squad on September 7. Appeared in five games with the Jets, including the AFC Wild Card and AFC Divisional round.

 

2003: Started in all 18 regular season games in his second season with the Esks…completed 348-of-515 passing attempts for 4,640 yards and 35 touchdowns to 13 interceptions en route to being named the Eskimos’ nominee for Most Outstanding Player for the first time in his career and his first career Grey Cup championship…62 carries for 353 yards and two touchdowns. Playoffs: Started in Western Final win vs. Saskatchewan, completing 23-of-32 passes for 358 yards and one touchdown while adding seven carries for 49 yards and 1 TD. 91st Grey Cup: Started in the 91st Grey Cup completing 22-of-32 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns while adding seven carries for 13 yards and a touchdown.

 

2002: Assigned to the AFL2’s Fresno Fury. Played seven games where he was coached by former CFL quarterback and former CFL assistant coach Rick Worman. Signed as a free agent by the Edmonton Eskimos on May 31. Dressed in all 18 regular season games in his first season with the Eskimos. Spent most of the season as the club’s backup quarterback. Completed 227-of-358 passing attempts for 2,991 yards 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Added 44 carries for 232 yards and a touchdown. Saw his first CFL action in Week 4 at Saskatchewan when starter Jason Maas was knocked from the game late in the fourth quarter. Made first career CFL start the following week against B.C. and threw 4 TDs. Playoffs: Started Western Final win vs. Winnipeg, completed 19-of-34 passes for 269 yards and one touchdown to one interception while rushing five times for 24 yards…90th Grey Cup: Started 90th Grey Cup vs. Montreal at Commonwealth Stadium completing 24-of-46 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns while adding seven carries for 25 yards.

 

2001: Signed as a free agent by the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers on July 26…released by the team on August 28. Re-signed by the 49ers on September 12…released by the team on October 2.

 

Notable:

All-Star Selections: Div. – 4 (’06, ’13, ’14, ’17) | CFL – 3 (’06, ’13, ’14)

Awards: Most Outstanding Player, East Division (2013-14, 2017), Most Outstanding Player, Edmonton Eskimos (2003, 2005-08, 2011), Grey Cup MVP (2005)

First CFL Start: July 26/02 vs. BC

First CFL Pass TD: July 26/02, vs. BC

First 300-Yd Game: Sept. 6/02 vs. CGY (366)

Most Pass Yds/Game: 505 (Oct. 24/13 vs. WPG)

Most Pass Cmp/Game: 40 (Twice, Most recent – Jul. 24/17 at OTT)

Most Pass TD/Game: 5 (multiple)

Most Pass Yds/Season: 5,663 (2008)

Most Pass TDs/Season: 35 (2003)

Most Pass Cmp/Season: 476 (2005)

Longest Streak w/o INT: 250 ATT (2012 GC – 2013)

 

College:

Played two seasons at Sacramento State (1999-00) after playing two seasons at Shasta Community College (1997-98)… 1999-00 (Sacramento State) Still listed in five Sacramento State career passing record categories: 1st in completion percentage (.619), 3rd in completions (347), 3rd in touchdowns (33), 3rd in yards and 4th in attempts (561)…1997-98 (Shasta Community College)…Located in Redding, CA…Named First-Team All-American and California State Offensive Player of the Year in 1998…Shattered numerous Shasta College records including career completion percentage, consecutive passes without an interception (199 over parts of 1997 and ‘98), consecutive games with at least one TD pass (15) and career pass completions.

 

Personal:

Ricky attended Shasta High School where he played football, baseball and basketball. He and his wife Allyson have two daughters, Chloe and Olivia. The family spends their off-season in California.

Seasons

Passing

YEAR TEAM GP COMP ATT YDS TD INT AVG
2002
EDM 17 227 359 2991 24 9 8.3
2003
EDM 18 348 515 4640 35 13 9.0
2005
EDM 18 473 713 5510 25 24 7.7
2006
EDM 18 406 618 5000 21 18 8.1
2007
EDM 13 311 445 3652 22 10 8.2
2008
EDM 18 422 605 5663 26 17 9.4
2009
EDM 18 401 596 4916 22 12 8.2
2010
EDM 16 288 448 3565 11 16 8.0
2011
EDM 18 343 526 4594 24 11 8.7
2012
TOR 14 321 468 4059 20 11 8.7
2013
TOR 10 234 303 2878 21 2 9.5
2014
TOR 17 425 620 4595 28 15 7.4
2015
TOR 3 47 65 423 2 1 6.5
2016
TOR 9 222 298 2397 15 6 8.0
2017
TOR 17 474 668 5546 28 11 8.3
2018
TOR 2 34 54 307 0 1 5.7
Total
226 4976 7301 60736 324 177 8.3

Rushing

YEAR TEAM GP CAR YDS TDS AVG LG
2005
EDM 18 83 353 9 4.3 26
2006
EDM 18 91 469 9 5.2 27
2007
EDM 13 41 232 0 5.7 26
2008
EDM 18 75 258 5 3.4 15
2009
EDM 18 47 206 6 4.4 27
2010
EDM 17 36 302 3 8.4 45
2011
EDM 18 41 258 1 6.3 27
2012
TOR 14 17 84 0 4.9 12
2013
TOR 11 11 61 2 5.5 18
2014
TOR 17 41 216 1 5.3 15
2015
TOR 9 2 5 0 2.5 4
2016
TOR 9 13 53 0 4.1 19
2017
TOR 17 8 52 0 6.5 10
2018
TOR 2 1 8 0 8.0 8
Total
199 507 2557 36 5.0 45

Game Log

Passing

DATE WEEK OPP COMP ATT YDS TD INT AVG
06-15
1 SSK 22 37 233 0 1 6.3
06-23
2 CGY 12 17 74 0 0 4.4
Total
34 54 307 0 1 5.3

Rushing

DATE WEEK OPP CAR YDS TD AVG LG
06-15
1 SSK 1 8 0 8.0 8
06-23
2 CGY 0 0 0 0.0 0
Total
1 8 0 8.0 8