Bandit Belli versus 'little Ricky'

The Toronto Argonauts' Adriano Belli is ready to tackle  Edmonton Eskimos' Ricky Ray. (Michael...

The Toronto Argonauts' Adriano Belli is ready to tackle Edmonton Eskimos' Ricky Ray. (Michael Peake/SUN MEDIA)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:37 PM ET

As physical as football is along the line of scrimmage, there is as much going on in mind games whenever Adriano Belli is on the field.

The Toronto Argonauts defensive tackle is infamous for getting inside the heads of his opponents, whether it's through trash talk or some plain ol' affection from the aptly nicknamed Kissing Bandit.

And he admits Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray is a favourite target for both a kiss on the cheek or a tackle to the turf.

"It's a hard enough position as it is in the CFL and any league, playing quarterback. And if you can get in his head, and as long as he knows that a big son of a bitch is trying to break him down every play -- let alone four big sons of guns -- I'm sure that causes certain effects on a quarterback's game," said Belli. "Especially little Ricky."

The two shared some up-close moments, facemask to facemask, the last time they played each other.

"I was just trying to screw with him a little bit, but he is a great quarterback and we played against each other in many Grey Cups," Belli said.

"He's burned my ass and I've tried to burn his ass a few times. I just hope I don't have to chase and lose contain on him because I can't catch him anymore."

But when Belli is able to get his hands on a quarterback, it doesn't get much better than that for the six-foot-five, 295-pounder.

"That's why I play football. I love to get my hands on the quarterback and ruin his day," Belli said. "I love to play on grass fields where it gets muddy and you can get Ricky's jersey all dirty - it's a shame he's wearing green (today)."


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