Former Roughrider Receiver Troy Dickey Passes Away
Troy Dickey, who was a receiver with the 1995 Saskatchewan Roughriders and caught two touchdown passes in arguably the biggest win in Arizona Wildcats football history, has died. Dickey suffered a major stroke Dec. 30.
Dickey caught 68 passes for 847 yards and nine touchdowns after transferring to the UA from a Texas community college before the 1992 season. He had a career-high 109 receiving yards in the 1992 John Hancock Bowl, played in El Paso. He caught two touchdown passes as a senior against Arizona State, and grabbed a pair of scores in the team’s Jan. 1, 1994 Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 10 Miami (Fla.); the win remains the greatest in program history.
Dickey was, in many ways, born to play football. His father, Eldridge, was a quarterback who led Tennessee State to a National Black College Football Championship in 1966.
Dickey’s son, Brayden (pictured right) – who was raised in Regina, SK by his mother Shauna – just finished his junior season as a wide receiver at Washington. Brayden, who went by Brayden Lenius before changing his last name to Dickey last month, caught nine passes for 89 yards this season. Troy Dickey was in Phoenix to watch Brayden play in the Fiesta Bowl when he suffered the stroke.
Dickey’s death comes four days after former “Desert Swarm” offensive lineman Warner Smith died at age 44 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. UA baseball coaching legend Jerry Kindall died on Dec. 24, three days after suffering a stroke.
Photo Courtesy of the University of Arizona