It’s not easy for players to have the perfect exit in professional sports.
Henry Burris, John Elway, Jerome Bettis, Ray Bourque and Dominek Hasek are all athletes who got to go out on top. They won championships, then retired.
Thirty-eight-year-old Ricky Ray’s future is in question after going off the field on a stretcher as his Argos were being beaten by the Calgary Stampeders last Saturday.
It was 208 days earlier Ray hoisted the Grey Cup.
Nov. 26, 2017 would have been an ideal date for Ray to have played his last game.
Instead, he now recovers from head and neck issues and, because of injuries, won’t play again in 2018.
It’s important to understand that for many professional athletes, the sport they play is all they know. It’s also where many of them find the most comfort. Being with teammates and playing games brings joy.
Ricky Ray is one of the best quarterbacks to have ever played pro football, and while retiring at the end of the 2017 would have been ideal…such moves are easier said than done.