Wedding to follow CFL debut

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Ricky Foley's versatility will be put to the ultimate test tonight when the York University product makes his CFL debut.

Foley played as many as five positions for the university Lions. And while he will be asked to play exclusively on special teams for the B.C. Lions, Foley's ability to adjust on the fly will be applied when he attempts to catch a red-eye flight to Toronto following the final whistle.

Foley's brother, Don, is getting married tomorrow in the family's hometown of Courtice, Ont.

At first, the possibility existed of Foley joining the Argos, B.C.'s opponents tonight, on the team's charter, but there is no room on the plane.

"It's going to be the quickest shower I've ever taken," Foley said.

"I'm the best man at my brother's wedding."

Foley is a phenomenally gifted athlete who never played high school football.

The Lions drafted the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder who runs a 4.5, fourth overall in this year's draft.

After a brief and failed tryout with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, Foley joined B.C. two weeks ago and will back up fellow Canadian Brent Johnson at defensive end.

Lions head coach Wally Buono will use Foley tonight only on special teams, but sees Foley as a linebacker one day.


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