Mike Gray (Canadian football)

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Michael Gray
Date of birth (1960-02-11) February 11, 1960 (age 57)
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status International
Position(s) DT
College Oregon
Career history
As player
19851986 BC Lions
19871993 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 somehow Gray came up with the Cup-saving interception, earning him the defensive Grey Cup Most Valuable Player award.

In 1994 Gray was an assistant coach with the Lions.[1]