Ricky Ray (born October 22, 1979) is an American former professional Canadian football quarterback. Ray spent the majority of his professional career with the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He also briefly spent time in the af2, as well as with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). Ray is the Eskimos all-time leader in passing yardage, pass completions and passing touchdowns. He won the Grey Cup in 2003, 2005, 2012, and 2017. He formally announced his retirement from professional football on May 8, 2019.
FLORENCE — Ricky Ray Y’Barbo, 65, of Florence, passed away Friday, April 8, 2022, at UAB Hospital. Visitation was Thursday, April 14th from 12 to 2 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Florence, Alabama with the funeral at 2 p.m. with Bro. Chris Aday officiating. Burial followed in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.
FLORENCE — Ricky Ray Y’Barbo, 65, of Florence, passed away Friday, April 8, 2022, at UAB Hospital. Visitation will be Thursday, April 14th from 12 to 2 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Florence, Alabama with the funeral at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Brother Chris Aday will be officiating.
He’s the hero who went running up Estella Way on Nov. 16 to answer the call for help from a young runner on the ground being mauled by two pit bull dogs. Ray, 55, and his wife, Shanova, live on the south end of Estella Way on the cul-de-sac. They were having lunch when he says “I heard Nathan (Peterson) screaming. I saw him being attacked by two pit bulls, and they had him on the ground.”
It’s a tale of two phone calls, 42 years apart. The first is a call that Waynesboro native Ricky Ray received in the spring of 1979. It was so unbelievable, Ray initially hung up thinking it was a prank. Someone from NFL Draft headquarters had called the communal phone in his Norfolk State University dormitory. It happened just minutes before he was selected 146th in the NFL Draft, a sixth round pick of the New Orleans Saints.