Ricky Foley, born on June 9, 1982, was drafted by the Lions fourth overall in the 2006 CFL Canadian Draft. Foley attended York University in Ontario and played his college football there, the first organized football he'd ever played. Since joining the Lions, Foley has been a special teams standout and so far this season has 14 special teams tackles and three sacks.
24 hours: How did your first CFL touchdown on Saturday feel?
#95 Ricky Foley: I had a couple other chances to get it during the season, but it just wasn't there. I thought the ball was never going to get there, I was so wide open, but Jarious [Jackson] did a good job of getting it there. It felt great.
24: You've landed with a team that exceeds in player development. How exciting is that for you?
#95: It's good. I've seen the job they've done with a guy in my position, Brent Johnson, best player in the league last year and for the last few seasons and seeing Javi Glatt's progression. Seeing that and realizing the job they do with young Canadians, it's definitely something to look forward to.
24: You didn't play football until college. How did you develop your skills so quickly to turn pro?
#95: Dedication. I had to put in twice as much effort. I had to work twice as hard as guys that had been playing for a long time and just making use of the tools that I had and trying to focus on specific things and a lot of long hours.
24: You were part of a Grey Cup team in your rookie year. What hope does that give you for the future?
#95: I guess when you're a rookie and you come in and win a Grey Cup, you kind of expect it to happen every year, but someone like Paul McCallum, I don't think he was in one for like 15 years or something like that. I don't take it for granted, but we have so much talent here, I don't want to say we expect to be back every year, but if we don't win the Grey Cup, it will be a complete disappointment.
24: What's easier, playing football or working on the family farm?
#95: Playing football, by far.