With the departure of McLeod Bethel-Thompson, the starting quarterback position has left somewhat of a question mark in the Toronto Argonauts team. Now seems like the best time to take the time to look back at some of the CFL legends who have led the Argo’s offense to the promised land with our list of the top four QBs to ever play for Toronto.
#4 Matt Dunigan (1990-1991)
While injuries limited Matt Dunigan to just 16 games in his two seasons with Toronto, he was able to lead the Argos to a Grey Cup championship in 1991. He ended up throwing for two touchdowns in a 36-21 win over the Calgary Stampeders in the Grey Cup game despite playing with a broken collarbone.
In 2006, Dunigan was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and was voted one of the CFL’s Top 50 players in the league’s modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.
#3 Damon Allen (2003-2007)
Damon Allen was nearly 40 when he was signed by Argos in 2003 but that didn’t stop him winning a Grey Cup for the franchise the very next year. He has been a part of four Grey Cup winning teams and has taken home the Grey Cup MVP award on three separate occasions in 1987, 1993, 2004.
Allen threw for 5,082 passing yards and 33 touchdowns in 2004 and claimed the league’s outstanding player award. He is also a Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee and CFL All-Star.
#2 Ricky Ray (2012-2018)
Ricky Ray is the all-time leader in passing yardage, pass completions, and passing touchdowns for Toronto Argonauts. He also won two Grey Cup championships with the Argos 2012 and 2017 to go along with his two other championships with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2003 and 2005.
Ray has a number of CFL records which include highest completion percentage in a single season (77.2), highest completion percentage in a single game (95.0) and highest passer rating in a single season (126.4).
#1 Doug Flutie (1996-1997)
The great Doug Flutie arrived in Toronto in 1996 and played two seasons with the team, winning back-to-back Grey Cups and being awarded the Grey Cup MVP on both occasions. He threw for 11,225 yards and ran for 1,298 more in just 36 games with the Argos, setting the single season passing record at 5720 yards in 1996.
There isn’t much debate that Flutie is an absolute legend of the game and has been inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame, Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming the first non-Canadian inductee.
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