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Ricky Ray. 38 years of age, must become free agent in February.
The general manager of the Toronto Argonauts, Jim Popp, has good hope to see the return of his watch star Ricky Ray for the next season. But he has to let him enjoy his more recent conquest of the Grey Cup before discussing the subject with him.
Ray has won a fourth Grey Cup, a record as a starter, when the Argos have surprised the Calgary Stampeders 27-24 on Sunday. The footballer, 38-year-old has become a free agent in February. Rumors suggest that he could do as Henry Burris and hang up his cleats while he is at the top.
Burris, 42 years of age, was removed some time after the Red and Black of Ottawa were surprised the same Stamps in the last year. A few minutes after the success of his had been confirmed, Popp said that Ray needed time to savor this last rite, while adding that he believed that he would return in 2018.
“I know he will be back. He had a too good season, ” said a Popp very happy to have put the hand on his fifth Grey Cup. He needs to take a step back, celebrate with his family, take a good month off. All the players at this stage of their career are expected to do this. We will discuss later. “But not now.
“I hope that we will celebrate this victory for the next two weeks, launched Popp. Then, we will discuss the other topics. But for now, let’s return to Toronto to party for two weeks. “
On Sunday evening, Ray wanted to do the celebration with his teammates to discuss his future.
“I really don’t know, he said. This victory is so well currently. We will see later. I love the guys in this team. “
Ray finished the game with 19 passes completed in 32 attempts for 297 yards and one touchdown, on a game record of 100 yards in Diverting Posey, his first pass completed in the meeting. Posey, who finished with 175 yards on seven caught, was voted the outstanding player.
One-quarter of the Argos has had a new lease of life to its first campaign under the orders of head coach Marc Trestman. He started the season with the reputation of being often bothered by injuries after having played only 12 matches in the previous two. But this has not bothered Trestman, who has appointed them as starting as early as his arrival in this position.
Ray thanked Trestman knowing his first season of over 5,000 yards since 2008, the fourth of his career. He also finished second in the voting for the mvp of the circuit, behind Mike Reilly, the Edmonton Eskimos.
“I believe he could play two or three more years, was estimated to have the receiver S. J. Green. Four, five : what he wants well. It is only to know in what state of mind he is in. I’d like for it to return. It has been a magical season. “
Ray goes to the history
This fourth Grey Cup further strengthens the place of Ray among the best quarters in the history of the CFL. It is also now the fourth quarter of the circuit to exceed the 60 000-yard gains through the pass. The other three — Anthony Calvillo, Damon Allen and Burris — are all members of the hall of fame of canadian football.
“Ricky Ray belongs to the Temple, even without this Grey cup, pointed to the half defensive Cassius Vaughn. It is a pillar. I would take in my club anytime. He is the best quarterback in the league, the only champion in the league currently. “
Sunday’s win will also help the Argos to position itself in the sports market to be a busy Toronto. After you have attracted on average 14,000 spectators per match at BMO Field this season, 24 929 persons were assisted in their win of 25-21 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the final of the Is.
“They are there. They have been all season, ” said Popp of the supporters of his club. We have a group of supporters fabulous. It is necessary only to show them [that we merit their attention]. “