CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Ron Estay

Ron Estay

Ron Estay, the man affectionately known as “Swampdog”, is considered by many to be one of the greatest players to ever wear an Edmonton Eskimo jersey

The Louisiana State product was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos is the 8th round of the 1982 NFL Draft. Estay decided his best football opportunity was to play in the CFL and signed with the B.C. Lions. The Lions made a grave error and traded Estay to the Eskimos midway through the following season.

The rest is history as Estay became a key member of the famed “Alberta Crude” defence that dominated the CFL through the 1970’s and early 80’s.  He went on to play in nine Grey Cup games and lead Edmonton to six CFL championships. The Raceland, LA native also tied a CFL record with five sacks in a game during the 1974 season.

Estay remained with the Eskimos until 1982, winning four West All-Star honours at defensive end (1973, 1977, 1978 and 1980) and two CFL All-Stars nominations (1977 and 1980).

Known for playing the game with passion, Estay left nothing on the field every game he played. His outstanding on-field contributions earned Estay a place in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2003) and the Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour in 2010.

From 2001-2008 Estay, a cancer survivor, gave back to the game as an assistant coach with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Ron Estay’s work ethic and dedication to the game made him a champion and one of the CFL’s all-time greats.

Photo Courtesy of the Edmonton Eskimos

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