10 Questions With Argo Quarterback Ricky Ray

CFLPA: Who was your favourite professional athlete growing up?

Ricky: Growing up, loved watching sports on TV,  then going outside and trying to emulate the athletes while playing with my brothers and friends.  But if I had to pick one it would be Tiger Woods. I just loved how much he dominated and his focus and mental toughness.

CFLPA: What’s your “go to” pregame meal?

Ricky: When we are at home it’s usually leftovers from the night before and when we are on the road it’s usually a subway sandwich.

CFLPA: Do you go through any pregame rituals or traditions?

Ricky: I think it’s just more of a routine I go through when I get to the stadium. It starts with getting my ankles taped, getting dressed, then a shoulder warm up.  I guess my one superstition is not standing on the painted sideline during the national anthem.

CFLPA: Did you always play quarterback? What other positions did you play growing up?

Ricky: My first year of football when I was eight I played defensive line, tight end and back up quarterback. After that year I only played quarterback on offense, but I had some short stints at linebacker and free safety on defense.

CFL PA: What are some of your favourite hobbies off the field?

Ricky: I tend to enjoy being active outside and sometimes take on too many hobbies.  I guess if I had to narrow it down it would be golf and fishing.

CFL PA: If you could swap lives with any celebrity, who would it be? Why?

Ricky: I would like to swap lives with professional golfer Jordan Spieth for one year, so I could travel around the world and play all the great golf courses.

CFLPA: What are some of your favourite TV shows and/or movies?

Ricky: I tend to watch mainly sporting events on TV, but I have tried to watch some shows with my wife, but I usually never make it through the full season.  My favorite movies are Last of the Mohicans, A River Runs Through It, and Gladiator.

CFLPA: Do you follow any other sports outside of football? Which ones?

Ricky: I think the one I follow the most would be golf.  I guess it’s because it’s one of my favorite hobbies.

CFLPA: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?

Ricky: I don’t think it would be the first thing I would buy, but it would be what is the first thing I would do.  There are so many places I would like to see and experiences I would like to have.  It would probably be traveling with my family.

CFLPA: If you could be any superhero, who would it be?

Ricky: Batman.  He has so many cool toys and he can kick some serious butt.

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