Ricky Foley

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Ricky Foley
Free agent
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1982-06-09) June 9, 1982 (age 37)
Courtice, Ontario
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
CFL draft:2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career CFL statistics as of 2016
Forced fumbles:10
Player stats at CFL.ca

Ricky Foley (born June 9, 1982) is a professional Canadian football defensive end who is currently a free agent, having most recently played for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted by the Lions in the first round of the 2006 CFL Draft. He is a three-time Grey Cup champion, having won in his rookie year in 2006 and also winning in 2012 and 2013. Foley won the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 2009 and also the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian award in 2012. He played CIS football at York University.

Foley has also been a member of the Baltimore Ravens, the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Jets in the NFL, and a member of the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL.

Early life[edit]

Foley was born in Courtice, Ontario Canada and was raised on a 200-acre farm near Toronto.[1].His father was a farmer and growing up his family didn't have a lot of money.[2]. Foley and his family would have to fix things up a lot for a lot of his youth.[2]. After Foley's brother left when he was 14, he was expected to take over farm duties for the family but started to play football, at Paul Dwyer secondary in Oshawa.[1]

College career[edit]

Foley played in college for York University. In his senior year, Foley was a Second team CIS All Canadian and during his college career with the Lions, he was twice named to ALL OUA honours.[3]

Professional career[edit]

BC Lions[edit]

Since joining the BC Lions in 2006, Foley had served as a situational pass rusher but with the departure of Cam Wake following the 2008 BC Lions season, Foley earned the starting defensive end position.[4] In 2009, Foley had his first career start at defensive end and subsequently started all 18 games that season, registering 51 defensive tackles, 12 quarterback sacks, and four tackles for a loss. He also had a total of two sacks in the Lions' two playoff games. At the end of the season, Foley won the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Foley signed with the Seattle Seahawks on February 13, 2010. He was waived on August 30.

New York Jets[edit]

On August 31, 2010, the New York Jets claimed Foley off waivers.[5] Foley's tenure would be very brief as he was waived on September 3, 2010.[6] Foley would be signed to the team's practice squad two days later[7] only to be released from the squad on September 7, 2010.[8]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On September 14, 2010, Foley signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.[9] His signing came amidst some controversy as the B.C. Lions had announced earlier in the day that they had agreed to terms with Foley.[9] Foley was also interviewed that same morning by Vancouver radio station the Team 1040 where he discussed his return to the Lions. "When I chose B.C., it was like that's the team that I've won a Cup with, winning Canadian Player of the Year, leading the league in sacks, with my boys out there and the staff. It's where I know I've had success, and I love the city out there. They support the Lions so much out there."[9] Lions head coach and general manager Wally Buono later confirmed that Foley had changed his mind and signed with the Argonauts instead of the Lions. "He's done an about face. We think the pressures from the family had a lot to do with it. We're not going to stand in the way if this is what he wants and we'll move on."[9]

On November 25, 2012, Foley played in the 100th Grey Cup for the Argonauts who went on to win the Grey Cup championship. After the Grey Cup game, Foley was awarded the Dick Suderman Trophy as its "Most Valuable Canadian" player.

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

Entering 2013 CFL Free Agency on February 15, 2013, Foley was one of the top free agents available to be signed. After being a free agent for ten days, Foley was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on February 25, 2013. In his first season with the Roughriders Foley accumulated 45 tackles and 8 quarterback sacks: He also had a career high 4 fumble recoveries. To conclude the 2013 season the Riders won the 101st Grey Cup giving Foley his third Grey Cup in his career. Foley continued his strong play into the 2014 CFL season, tallying 54 tackles and 12 sacks. Foley was named the Saskatchewan Roughriders' Most Outstanding Canadian for the 2014 campaign. Following the season Foley signed a contract extension with the Roughriders.[10] Ricky Foley was 32 years of age when he signed the contract extension.

Toronto Argonauts (II)[edit]

On January 24, 2015, Foley was traded back to the Argonauts for LB Shea Emry.[11] In his 10th season in the CFL Foley played in 16 games collecting 48 tackles 6 quarterback sacks and 1 forced fumble. To avoid becoming a free-agent in February 2016, Foley agreed to take a pay cut and resigned with the Argos in December 2015.[12] Foley played in 14 games for the Argos in 2016, contributing 24 tackles and 4 quarterback sacks. On March 31, 2017 the Argos released Ricky Foley, one day before he was set to earn a roster bonus on April 1. Prior to his release the Argos requested that Foley restructure his contract for the upcoming season, but failure to do so resulted in his dismissal.[13]

BC Lions (II)[edit]

On August 6, 2017, Foley signed with the BC Lions for a second tenure, with his contract carrying through to the end of the 2017 CFL season.[14] He was, however, released by the organization in March 2018 following an unproductive 2017 Season.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Fear This Farm Boy". CFL.CA. CFL. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Tough-as-nails football player appreciates vintage rides". Globe and Mail. Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ricky Foley". Toronto Argonauts. Toronto Argonauts. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Ullrich, Lowell (June 8, 2009). "Foley follows in Cam's wake". The Province. Retrieved June 8, 2009.[dead link]
  5. ^ Williams, Eric (August 31, 2010). "N.Y. Jets claim DE Ricky Foley". The News Tribune. Archived from the original on September 6, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  6. ^ Mehta, Manish (September 3, 2010). "Jets in process of trimming roster to 53". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on September 7, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
  7. ^ "New York Jets Transactions - 2010". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
  8. ^ Jets PR Department (September 7, 2010). "P.Turner Waived; Chauncey Signed to P-Squad". New York Jets. Archived from the original on December 28, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d TSN.CA Staff (September 14, 2010). "DE FOLEY AGREES TO TERMS WITH LIONS, BUT SIGNS WITH ARGOS". TSN. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  10. ^ "Roughriders re-sign veteran defensive end Foley". TSN. December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  11. ^ The Canadian Press. "Argonauts acquire star DE Foley from Roughriders for LB Emry". TSN. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Ricky Foley skips free agency, stays loyal to Argonauts". Toronto Sun. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  13. ^ "Argos release defensive end Foley - Article - TSN". TSN. March 31, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "Lions agree to terms with Ricky Foley". BC Lions. August 6, 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Lions release veterans Foley, Gale - CFL.ca". CFL.ca. March 14, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.

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