Mike Gray (Canadian football)

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Michael Gray
Date of birth: (1960-02-11) February 11, 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: International
Position(s): DT
College: Oregon
Organizations
As player:
1985-1986
1987-1993
BC Lions
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1985
CFL East All-Star: 1989
CFL West All-Star: 1985
Awards: 1985 CFL Rookie of the Year, 1988 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player
Honors: 1985, 1988, 1990 - Grey Cup Champion

Mike Gray (born February 11, 1960) is a former award winning and all-star Canadian Football League defensive tackle and Grey Cup champion.

After playing his college football at the University of Oregon Gray started pro career with the British Columbia Lions in 1985. He played 16 games and had 13 sacks, good for an all-star nod and the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award. After 8 sacks in 1986, the Lions lost Gray to the Ottawa Rough Riders in the equalization draft. Ottawa released him and he began a 7 year stay with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, playing 107 regular season games and being named an Eastern all-star in 1989.

Perhaps Gray's most famous and dramatic play came in the classic 76th Grey Cup game. Facing his old team, the B.C. Lions, Winnipeg had their backs to the wall, leading by only 3 points in the final minute of the game, with the Lions on the Bomber 7 yard line. Matt Dunigan's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and, amazingly, Gray came up with the Grey Cup saving interception, earning him the defensive Grey Cup Most Valuable Player award.

In 1994 Gray was an Assistant Coach with the Lions.[1]

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