A three-time Grey Cup Champion from Durham Region made a little girl’s dream come true this weekend.
Toronto Argonauts veteran player Rickey Foley had his own cheering section on Saturday as the Argo’s took on the Edmonton Eskimos.
‘It’s fun coming to his games and watching him play,’ Foley’s nephew Nicky said.
Foley’s entire immediate family was at the game cheering on number 95. “It’s nice for him to be local now,” Don Foley, Ricky’s brother said after Saturday’s game, “Playing out west is good but playing near home is good and it’s nice to be able to go to all the games.”
Foley, who is from Courtice, Ontario made Argos fans more than happy this off season when he opted not to test the free agency market and inked a deal with the double blue through 2018.
‘For a hometown boy, it’s everything you know?’ Foley said, ‘My family gets to come to the majority of the games and friends get to come. I had the choice as a free agent to go other places this off season but I chose to stay home.’
The 34-year-old was part of the Argos team that won the Grey Cup at the Rogers Centre in 2012, a stadium where they were constantly forced to use other venues for home games last season and didn’t have their own locker rooms. He says their new home at BMO field is great but the team, who currently fell to 4-4 after losing to Edmonton on Saturday needs some work.
‘We have to start winning at home, but the stadium at BMO it is way better, it’s miles better. We have our own locker room and it feels like our own stadium now as opposed to where we were playing last year. We have got to start winning that is my mindset right now. We want all these fans to be here, we have to start winning.’
Ricky’s family was not the only special visitors that he had in the stands on Saturdays when the Argos took on Edmonton, he also had a special fan who flew all the way form Saskatchewan to see her favourite play hit the field.
Tiffany McLeannan and her family flew from Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The team he helped win a Grey Cup Championship with in 2013. The McLeannan’s were flown to Toronto by the Sunshine Foundation which helps make dreams come true for children living with severe physical disabilities or life threatening illnesses.
‘Her dream was to come out to Toronto to see Ricky Foley.” Tiffany’s mom Raquel said after she watched Ricky take photos with her daughter.
It was Foley’s nice guy demeanor that isn’t seen too often on the field that won Tiffany over.
‘I was outside of the Saskatchewan Roughrider store at Mosiac Stadium in Regina waiting for our jerseys to be done.” Tiffany responded when asked when she first met him, “He came out of the locker room and started talking to us, he is really nice’
Foley isn’t one to try and keep the spotlight to himself either, when he found out that fellow Courtice, Ontario native Allysha Chapman won a bronze medal with Canada’s Women’s Soccer Team, he was more than elated for her.
‘Shout out to Courtice, Ontario!’ Foley said with a smile, ‘Way to go Ms. Chapman! Way to put us on the map again.’