Ricky Foley


245 lbs


6' 2"


Defensive End




Jun 9th, 1982

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Played 18 regular season games, starting 17, the West Semi-Final, West Final and Grey Cup…finished with 45 defensive tackles, eight quarterback sacks, four tackles for loss, four fumble returns and three special teams tackles…added four defensive tackles and a quarterback sack in the playoffs…had one fumble recovery in the Grey Cup.


Played 18 regular season games, East Semi-Final, East Final and Grey Cup game with the Argonauts…recorded 35 defensive tackles, five special teams tackles, four tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks…added three defensive tackles, one special teams tackle and one quarterback sack in the playoffs…had four defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, one quarterback sack and one fumble recovery in the Grey Cup…was named the championship game’s Most Valuable Canadian.


Dressed for all 18 regular season games with eighteen (18) starts for Toronto… Week 2, Started at DE in loss at Winnipeg and made 5 DT...Week 3, Started at DE, dropped into coverage at LB and played ST in loss at Montreal...Recorded first career INT (15/07/11) on a tipped Anthony Calvillo pass and made 8 DT...Week 4, Started at DE and played ST in loss vs. Winnipeg...Tied for game-high 7 DT , 1 QB sack and 1 fumble recovery on a Buck Pierce fumble forced by teammate Kevin Huntley...Week 5, Started at DE in loss at Edmonton and made 6 DT and recovered 1 fumble…Week 6, Started at DE and played ST in loss vs. Montreal and played 5 DT...Week 7, Started at DE and played ST in loss at Hamilton...Made 5 DT…Week 8, Started at DE and made 3 DT and 1 QB sack in win vs. Saskatchewan... Week 9, Bye Week...Week 10, Started at DE in loss vs. B.C...Made 5 DT, 1 PKD and recovered a Travis Lulay fumble in the 2nd quarter after teammate Claude Wroten forced the ball free on a sack... Week 12, Started at DE and played ST in loss at Saskatchewan…Made 2 DT and a QB sack...Week 13, Started at DE in win vs. Winnipeg and logged a great game...Made 6 DT and his first multi-sack game as an Argo, second of his career, with 2 QB sacks (24/09/11)...Named CFL Canadian Player of the Week for the third time in his career, first as an Argo...Week 14, Started at DE in loss vs. Hamilton...Made 5 DT...Week 15, Started at DE in loss at Montreal...Made 4 DT.


Granted free agency on February 15…Signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and attended training camp…Released by Seattle as a final cut on August 30…Claimed off waivers by the New York Jets (NFL) on August 31 and added to the practice squad on September 5 and released on September 7.  Signed with Toronto on September 14 and dressed in eight (8) games with five (5) starts at DE…Week 11, Made Argos debut dressing at backup DE (19/09/10) in win vs. Winnipeg…Recorded his first sack as an Argo during his first play on defence, also added 3 DT…Week 14, Made first career start as an Argo (9/10/10) at DE and played ST in win at Saskatchewan…Made 1 DT and also tipped a ‘Riders field goal in 4th quarter which caused it to fall short…ball crossed line of scrimmage so it did not officially count as a blocked kick… Week 16, Started at DE and played ST in win at Winnipeg…Made 5 DT…Week 17, Started at DE in loss vs. Montreal…Made 3 DT, 1 FF and 1 PKD… Week 18, Started at DE in win at Montreal…Made 4 DT…2010 Playoffs Started at DE in Eastern Semi-Final win at Hamilton…Made 2 DT…Started at DE in Eastern Final loss to Montreal…Made 6 DT, 1 ST tackle, 1 QB sack and blocked a field goal.


Ricky had an outstanding season being voted as the Most Outstanding Canadian at the Gibson's Finest Player awards on November 26th 2009.


Ricky established himself as a strong defender last season stepping in frequently at rush end in passing situations. A valuable special teams performer, Rick scored his first career CFL TD grabbing a Tad Crawford blocked punt on Aug 8/08 vs Edmonton and returning it 30 yards for score. He ranked 5th on the team with four sacks despite limited regular defensive time and 2nd in the CFL with four forced fumbles.


The 2007 season was a break-out year for Ricky as he was able to break into the Lions regular defensive rotation. Played all 18 games along the defensive line and on special teams where he led the Lions with 22 special teams tackles (third in the CFL). All 12 of his defensive tackles and all of his 4 sacks for the season came in the second half of the campaign. Ranked second on the club with two forced fumbles.


Joining the Lions after a free agent mini-camp stint with Baltimore of the NFL, Foley made his professional debut versus Toronto (June 30/06). Appeared in 16 regular season games as well as the West Championship and 2006 Grey Cup. A standout on special teams, Foley recorded nine STT as well as two defensive tackles and a fumble recovery during the regular season. Ricky also chipped in two STT in the 2006 Grey Cup.


Foley was a first-team OUA All-Star each of his last two seasons at York, and was a second-team CIS All-Canadian in 2004 when he led the nation with nine quarterback sacks. Foley recorded 34 tackles to rank 19th in the OUA in 2004 and also grabbed 2 interceptions. In 2005, Ricky increased his total tackles to 49 overall (13th in the country).


During the off season, Ricky spends as much time as possible on the family farm in Courtice, Ontario.  He enjoys working on vintage cars during his spare time.  In high school, Ricky was a decathlete.  He competed in the 60m and the shotput (establishing school record) with York's track and field team in 2004, and never played an organized football game until he attended university.