Ray Elgaard

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Ray Elgaard
No. 81
Born: (1959-08-29) August 29, 1959 (age 59)
Edmonton, Alberta
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) SB
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
College Utah
CFL draft 1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12
Drafted by Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career history
As player
19831996 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1985, 1988, 1992, 1993
CFL West All-Star 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993
Awards 1988, 1990, & 1992: CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award
  • ranked 36th of TSN's Top 50 players
  • Saskatchewan Plaza of Honor (1999)
Records 830 receptions, 13 198 receiving yards
Career stats
  • Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 2002

Raymond Elgaard (born August 29, 1959) is a former Canadian Football League slotback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1983 through 1996, including winning the 77th Grey Cup in 1989. A big man, he was noted for his reliability as a receiver and his toughness on the field. He retired as the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards in the Canadian Football League (830 receptions, 13,198 receiving yards, eight 1,000 yard seasons).

Elgaard played rugby for Magee Secondary School and the Kats, college football at the University of Utah, and now resides in Las Vegas. He was a three-time CFL Most Outstanding Canadian and a four-time CFL All-Star. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and in November, 2006 was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#36) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.[1]

During the off-season in the mid-1980s, Elgaard was known for waiting tables in the most popular nightclub in Regina, “Checkers” in the south-Regina Landmark Inn. Due to Ray's impressive size, other wait-staff were often seen “drafting” behind Elgaard as he pushed through the crowd while making his rounds.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ray Elgaard". Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

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