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.