Shasta High School and Shasta College graduate Ricky Ray will one day be in the Canadian Football hall of fame.
Ray, now 34 years old, works out at the Redding YMCA where he’s taught since high school.
He lives in Redding during the off-season, but will be returning to Toronto where he’ll start his 12th Canadian Football League season with the Argonauts.
Ray started his career with the Edmonton Eskimos. As an Eskimo, he won the Grey Cup, which is the CFL equivalent of the Super Bowl in America.
Ray ranks in the top ten of virtually all of the CFL passing categories: 6th in career passing yards, 3rd in career completions, and first in career completion percentage.
The rankings compare to and surpass big names like Warren Moon and Doug Flutie.
Despite the impressive stats, he’s virtually unknown, even in his hometown of Redding.
Ray said it’s both a blessing and a curse.
“We’re down the list a little bit as far as professional sports teams [go], which can be good when you want to just be out with your family,” Ray said. “When it comes to building up interest in our game and trying to get fans, we want to get a little more exposure.”